Top 7 Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30

Forbes magazine just launched a new (and very interesting) list: The Best Paid Celebrities Under 30. At a time in life when many people are struggling to find their way, these 20 celebrities have already become multimillionaires. We estimate that together they brought in $667 million between May 2010 and May 2011. It is interesting that someone from the city where I’m living now made the list, and someone who still is “under age” legally speaking. Check the Top 7 Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30:

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $38 million

The Real Madrid star is using social media to expand his brand, which makes him more attractive to current sponsorship partners like Nike, Castrol, Clear Shampoo and Banco Espirito Santo. Ronaldo has racked up 25 million Facebook fans, more than twice as many as any other athlete. He also has nearly 3 million Twitter followers.

6. Katy Perry

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $44 million

The “I Kissed a Girl” singer married actor Russell Brand in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India in October. Perry’s album Teenage Dream, released in August, boasted four chart-topping singles making it one of only nine albums to accomplish that feat in the Billboard Hot 100’s 52-year history. No stranger to business, Perry shills for Proactiv, Adidas and Ubisoft, and has her own perfume line, Purr.

5. Taylor Swift

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Age: 21

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $45 million

Whether you consider her music country, pop or both, there’s no question that Swift is a moneymaking machine. Her new album Speak Now was certified triple-platinum barely a month after its October release. Touring brings gross ticket sales of some $750,000 per night. Just don’t break her heart: scathing love ballad “Dear John” was rumored to be directed at former flame John Mayer.

4. Roger Federer

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Age: 29

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $47 million

Arguably the greatest tennis player ever, the Federer era may be nearing its end. He has been passed by both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the rankings. Federer still commands the most impressive endorsement portfolio in all of sports with 10 major deals including Nike, Credit Suisse, Rolex and Wilson. He was the only one of Gillette’s original 3 “Champions” to have his deal renewed this year as the brand dropped Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry.

3. LeBron James

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $48 million

James’ reputation took a hit last summer when he announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat on a national televised special dubbed “The Decision.” His negative Q score soared 77%. Despite the animosity, James continues to be a hot ticket. His jersey was the NBA’s best seller this season and he has the No. 1 basketball shoe on the market. In April, James partnered with Fenway Sports Group to manage his business interests. As part of the deal James received a very small stake in the FSG-owned soccer club Liverpool.

2. Justin Bieber

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Age: 17

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $53 million

Though he may not know where Germany is, the cherubic crooner has attained international superstardom: his new album My Life 2.0 quickly attained platinum status, his concert movie Never Say Never grossed $100 million globally and Bieber’s live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night. The music video for Bieber’s hit song “Baby” has been viewed a YouTube record 500 million times.

1. Lady Gaga

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Age: 25

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $90 million

Sometimes it pays to be weird. The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months and has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide. No surprise that advertisers want a piece: endorsement deals include Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and PlentyOfFish.com. A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video.

 

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Celebrities in 2011

Back in February 2011 we published the list for the Top 7 Celebrities in 2010, listing the most powerful people in the entertainment business last year. As usual, Oprah Winfrey was the number 1 celebrity last year, but now things are different. Maybe because she is loosing popularity, or because this is the last year she runs the show (her last show was actualy on May 25, 2011), she did not make the top place for this years list. Another interesting thing about this years list is that an underage celebrity made the Top 3, and a British Sir is also on it!

1. Lady Gaga

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $90 million

Age: 25

Title: Singer and performance artist

Source: Music

Big Break: Poker Face, 2008

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: Dropout, New York University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#1 Celebrity 100

#8 in Money

#3 in TV/Radio

#2 in Press

#1 in Social

#1 in Web

#7 Powerful Women

Sometimes it pays to be weird. The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months and has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide. No surprise that advertisers want a piece: endorsement deals include Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and PlentyOfFish.com. A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video. Her new album, Born This Way, hit stores in May; the title track clocked one million downloads in five days, making it the fastest-selling song in iTunes history.

2. Oprah Winfrey

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $290 million

Age: 57

Title: Media Personality

Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Source: television , self-made

Big Break: The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1986

Residence: Chicago, IL

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Kosciusko, MS

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#2 Celebrity 100

#1 in Money

#1 in TV/Radio

#7 in Press

#13 in Social

#13 in Web

#420 Forbes Billionaires

#135 in United States

#130 Forbes 400

#64 Powerful People

#3 Powerful Women

As her long-running syndicated show winds down, Winfrey is doing all she can to make her new cable station, OWN, a success. The network features shows like The Judds about the mother daughter country music team. Ratings so far have been anemic leading to the ouster of chief executive Christina Norman.

3. Justin Bieber

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $53 million

Age: 17

Source: Music

Big Break: Baby, 2010

Hometown: Stratford, Canada

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#3 Celebrity 100

#24in Money

#4in TV/Radio

#8in Press

#3in Social

#2in Web

Though he may not know where Germany is, the cherubic crooner has attained international superstardom: his new album My Life 2.0 quickly attained platinum status, his concert movie Never Say Never grossed $100 million globally and Bieber’s live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night. The music video for Bieber’s hit song “Baby” has been viewed a YouTube record 500 million times.

4. U2

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $195 million

Band Age: 35

Big Break: Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1983

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Forbes Lists:

#4 Celebrity 100

#2 in Money

#59 in TV/Radio

#10 in Press

#17 in Social

#16 in Web

The ageless rockers are wrapping up the most lucrative tour in the history of music. In April the group’s 360 Tour surpassed the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour, which grossed $554 million from 2005 to 2007. By the time U2’s tour ends this summer, the band will have sold $700 million worth of tickets over two years and played to more than 7 million people.

5. Elton John

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $100 million

Age: 64

Source: Music

Big Break: Your Song, 1970

Hometown: Pinner, England

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1

Forbes Lists:

#5 Celebrity 100

#7 in Money

#18 in TV/Radio

#19 in Press

#54 in Social

#28 in Web

Sir Elton has sold 250 million records worldwide over the past 30 years and isn’t slowing down, he grossed $204 million performing 102 live shows in the past 12 months. The Rocket Man still has time for family. With partner David Furnish, he welcomed surrogate son Zachary in 2010. Lady Gaga is the tyke’s godmother.

6. Tiger Woods

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $75 million

Age: 35

Source: Golf

Big Break: Masters, 1997

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Cypress, CA

Education: Dropout, Stanford University

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 2

Forbes Lists:

#6 Celebrity 100

#14 in Money

#6 in TV/Radio

#5 in Press

#38 in Social

#40 in Web

Woods has struggled to win tournaments and sign new sponsorship deals since his November 2009 car crash and the infidelity scandal that followed. Yet Woods continues to be the world’s best-paid athlete thanks to $3 million overseas appearance fees and two sponsors that stuck with him: Nike and Electronic Arts. First week sales this spring of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters were the highest in the 14-year history of the popular video game franchise.

7. Taylor Swift

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $45 million

Age: 21

Source: Music

Big Break: “Tim McGraw,” 2006

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#7 Celebrity 100

#33 in Money

#14 in TV/Radio

#45 in Press

#6 in Social

#6 in Web

Whether you consider her music country, pop or both, there’s no question that Swift is a moneymaking machine. Her new album Speak Now was certified triple-platinum barely a month after its October release. Touring brings gross ticket sales of some $750,000 per night. Just don’t break her heart: scathing love ballad “Dear John” was rumored to be directed at former flame John Mayer.

Source: Forbes

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Top 7 Hollywood’s Biggest Earners

It is interesting to see how much money Hollywood generate, not only for the actor and actress on its films, but even more for the people behind the cameras that actually make all the magic possible.

On this post we will how the Top 7 Hollywood biggest earners, and obviously we are including not only the people your see in the movies and/or TV shows, but also the people behind the cameras and, guess what, some of them are the ones who get the biggest paycheck…

1. James Cameron

Writer, Director, Producer (Creative Artists Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $257 million (2009 rank: 4)

$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)

$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)

$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2. Johnny Depp

Actor (United Talent Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $100 million (2009 rank: 21)

$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)

$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)

$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)

$5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg

Director, Producer (CAA)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $80 million (2009 rank: 2)

$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees

$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)

$10 million: Older film revenue

4. Christopher Nolan

Writer, Director, Producer (CAA)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $71.5 million (2009 rank: —)

$69 million: Inception (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor (Special Artists Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $62 million (2009 rank: —)

$59 million: Inception (back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Christopher Nolan film)

$3 million: Back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, older film revenue

6. Tim Burton

Director (William Morris Endeavor)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $53 million (2009 rank: —)

$50 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$3 million: Older film revenue

7. Adam Sandler

Actor, Producer, Writer (WME)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $50 million (2009 rank: 12)

$25 million: Just Go with It (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston)

$20 million: Jack and Jill (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy with Katie Holmes and Al Pacino)

$3 million: Grown Ups (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$2 million: Older film revenue

Source: Vanity Fair, therichest.org
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Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows)

A couple of weeks ago we published the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid Artists for TV Series, but as we said in that post, there are two main ways artists negotiate their salaries, according to the type of show: per episode (TV series) and per year (late night, talk syndication, reality shows). To complete our research on this topic, here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artist in Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows.

At this point, it is important to mention that there are some TV News anchors and journalists that make more money than some of the people mentioned in this list, but since American TV News are not seen everywhere, we left these people out of our research.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Salary (per year): $315 million

TV show: The Oprah Show

Category: Talk Show

2. Judge Judy Sheindlin

Salary (per year): $45 million

TV show: Judge Judy

Category: Court Show

3. David Letterman

Salary (per year): $28 million

TV show: The Late Show

Category: Late Night Show

4. Jay Leno

Salary (per year): $25 million

TV show: The Tonight Show

Category: Late Night Show

5. Ryan Seacrest

Salary (per year): $15 million

TV show: American Idol

Category: Reality Show

6. Conan O’Brien

Salary (per year): $10 million

TV show: The Conan O’Brien Show

Category: Late Night Show

7. Ellen DeGeneres

Salary (per year): $8 million

TV show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Category: Talk Show

Source: people.com, allvoices.com, tvguide.com, hollywooddame.com
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Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (TV Series)

Last week was crazy for Charlie Sheen, regarding his alcohol problem and now the declarations he made about the of the “Two and a Half Men” sitcom creator, Chuck Lorre. One of the news that came out last week was that he was asking for a raise in his salary, situation that made me curious about how much is was making and how is the payment ranking for TV artists. After some research I found that it is a little bit difficult to rank all TV artists in just one post, considering that there is a big difference in how their salaries are negotiated: on one side you have the drama and comedy TV series, where actors payment is normally established by how much they make per episode; on the other side there are talk and reality shows, where artists contracts are usually negotiated by year.

Having this into consideration,  here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists in a drama or comedy series, considering how much money they make per episode:

1. Charlie Sheen

Salary (per episode): $1.25 million

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

2. Jon Cryer

Salary (per episode): $525 000

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

3. Hugh Laurie

Salary (per episode): +$400 000

TV show: House

Category: Drama

4. Marcia Cross (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Terry Hatcher (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Felicity Huffman (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Eva Longoria (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Dan Castellaneta (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Homer Simpson, Abraham “Grampa” Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman voices)

Category: Comedy

4. Julie Kavner (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Margie Simpson and Patty and Selma Bouvier voices)

Category: Comedy

5. Christopher Meloni (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

5. Mariska Hargitay (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

6. David Caruso (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI: Miami

Category: Drama

6. Marg Helgenberger (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

6. Mark Harmon (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: NCIS

Category: Drama

7. Tina Fey (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: 30 Rock

Category: Comedy

7. Jeremy Piven (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Entourage

Category: Comedy

7. Laurence Fishburne (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

7. Kyra Sedgwick (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: The Closer

Category: Drama

7. Denis Leary (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Rescue Me

Category: Drama

Source: allvoices.com, tvguide.com, hollywooddame.com
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Top 7 Celebrities in 2010

Last year was really crazy for Lady Gaga, certainly one of the most controversial artists to date. Nevertheless, she is not yet the Most Powerful Celebrity in 2010. Oprah Winfrey takes back her crown while pop chart phenomenon catapults to No. 4 on this year’s ranking of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses and musicians. Let’s find out who are the other ones who made the Top 7 List for Most Powerful Celebrities in 2010:

1. Oprah Winfrey

2009 Rank: 2

Power Rank: 1

Pay:  $315 million

Category: Personalities

Pay Rank: 1

Web Rank: 5

Press Rank: 5

TV / Radio Rank: 1

Social Rank: 11

News that this coming season of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be her last helped the self-made billionaire garner more media attention than any other member of the Celebrity 100. Her Harpo production company, which spawned the careers of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz, will introduce interior designer Nate Berkus this fall. Months later, the list’s top-earner will add the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications to her media empire.

2. Beyoncé Knowles

2009 Rank: 4

Power Rank: 2

Pay: $87 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 11

Web Rank: 2

Press Rank: 13

TV / Radio Rank: 9

Social Rank: 15

One half of the most famous couple in hip-hop, Beyoncé continues to expand her business empire beyond music. Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L’Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year on top of the $86 million she grossed from a 93-stop world tour.

3. James Cameron

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 3

Pay: $210 million

Category: Directors / Producers

Pay Rank: 2

Web Rank: 20

Press Rank: 9

TV / Radio Rank: 21

Social Rank: 81

As the director of the highest grossing film of all time, Cameron is definitely “king of the world.” Avatar has earned $2.7 billion at the box office alone and has changed the way Hollywood makes films. In the near future almost every studio blockbuster will be released in 3-D. Cameron is already at work on Avatar 2.

4. Lady Gaga

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 4

Pay: $62 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 22

Web Rank: 1

Press Rank: 4

TV / Radio Rank: 13

Social Rank: 1

A newcomer to the Celebrity 100, Lady Gaga broke down the door to fame with outlandish outfits and quirky videos, including one that featured her and Beyoncé poisoning an unappreciative boyfriend. Bringing in an estimated $31 million with a 106-date tour that grossed $95 million, Lady Gaga is also a marketer’s dream, teaming up with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and Viva Glam.

5. Tiger Woods

2009 Rank: 5

Power Rank: 5

Pay: $105 million

Category: Athletes

Pay Rank: 7

Web Rank: 35

Press Rank: 6

TV / Radio Rank: 7

Social Rank: 34

Tiger Woods’ fall from global sports icon to tabloid fodder was stunning. He saw Accenture, AT&T and Pepsi drop him as a pitchman, but he remains the highest-paid athlete in the world thanks to huge deals with Nike, Electronic Arts and Upper Deck. Nike built a $650 million (sales) golf business from scratch on Woods’ back. His fledgling golf course design business has been hurt by the economic downturn, as all three courses he’s worked on have experienced major delays.

6. Britney Spears

2009 Rank: 13

Power Rank 6

Pay: $64 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 20

Web Rank: 3

Press Rank: 24

TV / Radio Rank: 15

Social Rank: 2

Not long ago, most of the entertainment world had written Britney Spears off as a celebrity flameout. But over the last year Spears logged the fifth highest-grossing tour in the world, bringing in $130 million in gross box office receipts by playing 98 dates. High-profile endorsement deals with Elizabeth Arden and Candies’ prove that the public expects Spears to stay in the spotlight for good.

7. U2

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 7

Pay: $130.0 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 3

Web Rank: 11

Press Rank: 18

TV / Radio Rank: 54

Social Rank: 28

The world’s biggest rock band, U2 launched a massive world tour in 2009 that has brought in more than $311 million in gross box office receipts. Each tour stop brings in $10 million in gross ticket sales. Add in lucrative merchandise sales, heavy radio play and a steady-selling back catalog, and you have the highest-earning band on the planet.

Source: Forbes
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