Ranked: Top 10 Highest-Paid Celebrities

This post is by Carmen Ang from Visual Capitalist

The Top paid celebrities in 2021

Ranked: Top 10 Highest-Paid Celebrities

It can be hard to make money in mediaβ€”but for those lucky enough to make it to the big leagues, the payoff can be astronomical .

In 2021, the world’s 10 highest-paid celebrities earned a combined $2.7 billion. Who are these high-earning entertainers, and how do they make their hundreds of millions?

Using data from Forbes, this graphic by Athul Alexander highlights the top paid entertainers around the world, based on 2021 pre-tax earnings (minus business expenses such as management fees, agent costs, etc).

The Highest-Paid Celebrities in 2021

The world’s celebrities may be well known for the media they produce, but the bulk of their earnings are made through business dealings.

First on the list is New Zealand director Peter Jackson, best known for directing, producing, and writing the screenplays for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

RankNameNationality2021 pre-tax earnings
1Peter JacksonπŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώβ€‹ New Zealander$580 million
2Bruce SpringsteenπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$435 million
3Jay-ZπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$340 million
4Dwanye "The Rock" JohnsonπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦β€‹ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American/Canadian$270 million
5Kanye WestπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$235 million
6Trey Parker and Matt StoneπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$210 million
7Paul SimonπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$200 million
8Tyler PerryπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$165 million
9Ryan TedderπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$160 million
10Bob DylanπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έβ€‹ American$130 million

In addition to creating and directing blockbuster hits, Jackson is also the founder of the VFX studio Weta Digital, (Read more...)