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 A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video.


Source: Forbes

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