Annual incomes of highest-paid film, TV, music and sports celebrities in 2017 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Income in million U.S. dollars
J.K. Rowling95
Cristiano Ronaldo93
The Weeknd92
Howard Stern90
James Patterson87
LeBron James86

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This statistic displays a ranking of highest-paid celebrities between June 2016 and June 2017. In that period, Diddy was the highest earner, with an annual income of 130 million U.S. dollars.
Highest paid celebrities – additional information

Taylor Swift’s annual income of 170 million U.S. dollars in 2016 shows the singer’s rapid rise to fame since she released her debut album, ‘Taylor Swift’ in 2006. The album generated first week sales of 40,000 units, in comparison to her latest album, ‘1989’, which sold almost 1.3 million copies in its first week after its release in October 2014. During 2014, Taylor Swift also generated a further 3.5 million U.S. dollars in revenue through her publishing activities.

James Patterson is the highest earning author on the list as his annual income was 95 million U.S. dollars in 2016. This is an increase of 6 million U.S. dollars on his earnings in the previous year. His earnings in 2016 made him the wealthiest author in the world, surpassing the 19.5 million U.S. dollars earned by Jeff Kinney in the same period.

The highest sportsman on the list is soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time top goal scorer, who earned 88 million U.S. dollars in 2016, 6.5 million U.S. dollars more than his closest rival, Lionel Messi. Ronaldo captained Portugal to their first European Championship title in 2016, beating hosts France 1-0 in extra time in the final.
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June 2017
Survey time period
June 2016 to June 2017
Supplementary notes
The income of each of the celebrities is an estimate, including such sources as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.
The ranking was constructed on the basis of Forbes's "Celebrity 100 - The World's Most Powerful Celebrities".

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