Sean Combs…Nearly two decades after appearing on the cover of the first ever celebrity 100 issue, Diddy tops the list thanks to his bad boys family reunion tour. A partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka and selling on third of his Sean john clothing line for an estimated 70 million USD.
Beyonce Knowles…Queen B pulled in nine figures thanks largely to her Formation World Tour, which wrapped up in late 2016 and grossed quarter of a billion dollars. She’s now taking a break from touring as she and husband Jayze welcome twins to their family.
J.K Rowling…The British novelist worked her magic again with Harry Potter and the cursed child. The co-writer stage play was the best-selling book of 2016 with over 4.5million domestic copies and its west end production is sold out well into 2018. Rowling also conjured cash from her Harry Potter attractions at the universal studios and her latest movies, ‘Fantastic beast and where to find them’.
Drake…The most streamed artist on the planet over the past 12 months, Drake has been making the bulk of his bucks on the road during his recently completed boy meet world tour. He also collects checks from Apple, Sprite and Nike.
Christiano Ronaldo… This past year was named the best player in the world by FIFA for the fourth time. Secured a contract extension with Real Madrid that will pay him more than 50 million USD for each of the next four years through his 36th birthday and inked a life time deal with Nike worth upward of 1 billion USD. His native Portugal honored him by renaming an international airport after he led that country to a UEFA Euro title last summer. This season he led Real Madrid to La Liga title and back to back champions league crowns. His growing line of CR7 branded products now include shoes, underwear, fragrance, jeans, and a line of hotels. Ronaldo remains the most popular athlete in the world with 275 million social media followers.
The weekend…The Toronto native is one of the biggest acts on the planet, clocking 5.5billion USD streaming spins in the past two years and more than 1.1 million dolls per stop on his Starboy: Legend of the fall world tour. ‘Artist don’t really make money off the music like we did in the golden age, the weekend tells Forbes. It’s not really coming in until you hit the stage.
Howard Stern… The controversial radio host makes his fortune from his eight figure contract with SiriusXM, but his upcoming digital ventures, including a mobile app and video streaming, could pay off in the future.
Cold play… The British pop rockers embark upon their Head full of dreams tour this spring, playing arenas and stadiums around the globe at a gross net worth of 5million USD per city, en route to the biggest payday of their career.
James Patterson… America richest author sold 9.5 million domestic copies in one year and several of his work are being adapted for the small screen. The prolific Patterson also scored an estimated seven figure signing payment for co-writing an upcoming thriller novel with former president Bill Clinton.
LeBron James…The NBA’s four time MVP returned to Cleveland in July 2014 and led the cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title, the first in franchise history and the first major sports crown for the city in 52 years. He resigned after the win for three more years in a deal worth 100million dolls. His 31miilion dolls salary in 2016-2017 made him only the third NBA player to earn 30 million dolls in a season after Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. It is the first time he’s had the NBA’s top salary during his 14 years career. The NBA’s top pitchman added intel and Verizon to his endorsement portfolio, which already included NIKE and Coca Cola, beats by Dre, and KIA motors. His life time deal with NIKE could net him more than 1billion dolls. James owns a production company SpringHill entertainment, with his business manager, Maverick cater. The pair is also of an investment group in Blaze pizza with 17 franchises in Chicago and South Florida.