Jerry Seinfeld has topped this year’s Forbes list of highest-paid comedians, with estimated earnings of $36 million in 2015.
It is the fourth year Jerry Seinfeld, 61, has topped the list thanks to syndication deals for his show Seinfeld, live tours and the series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Kevin Hart’s roles propelled him to second place with $28.5 million.
In third place with $21.5 million is ventriloquist and impressionist Terry Fator – a former winner of America’s Got Talent who has been dubbed “the human jukebox”. He is in the middle of a five-year residency at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel, reported to be worth $100 million.
Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and Canadian Russell Peters are in joint fourth with $19 million, while Aziz Ansari is in sixth place with $9.5 million.
Louis CK is in seventh with $9 million, Gabriel Iglesias is in eighth with $8.5 million, John Bishop on ninth with $8 million and Dave Chappelle rounds out the top ten with $7.5 million.
To make the list, the comics’ primary source of income has to be from ticket sales.
Jerry Seinfeld previously topped the list in 2013 for the third year in a row, although there was no list in 2014.
His earnings also took him to number 62 in the magazine’s Celebrity 100 in 2015.
Jerry Seinfeld is expected to earn more in future years, following a recent deal with streaming service Hulu which is reported to have paid $160 million for the rights to Seinfeld.
Adam Sandler has topped Forbes‘ Most Overpaid Actor List for a second year in a row.
Adam Sandler came ahead of Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller, who complete the top three, to pick up the honor.
The rankings were decided by Forbes magazine after comparing actors’ estimated pay with the budget and revenue of the last three films they starred in before June 2014.
Animated films and cameos were not included in the list.
Although Adam Sandler’s latest film Grown Ups 2 took $246 million at the global box office, it didn’t make up for the more disappointing takings of 48-year-old’s previous releases, Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy.
It’s estimated that for every $1 Adam Sandler was paid, he returned an average of $3.20.
By comparison, Emma Stone – who topped Forbes‘ 2013 best actors for the buck list – returned an estimated $80.70 for every $1 she was paid for her last three movies.
Johnny Depp, 51, is second on the 2014 overpaid list, returning an average of $4.10 for each dollar he was paid.
His average was lowered by recent films The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows.
Ben Stiller is number three on the list.
His estimated return of $4.80 owes itself to Tower Heist and The Watch not performing too well at the box office.
The top five is completed by Ryan Reynolds, with a return of $4.90 for each dollar paid, and Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who pulled in a $5.20 return.
According to Forbes, Cloud Atlas – which sees Tom Hanks taking on six roles – was an expensive flop for the actor.
Will Ferrell ($6.60), Channing Tatum ($6.70), Denzel Washington ($6.90) and Ben Affleck ($9.37) also appear in the top 10.
Sandra Bullock is the only actress to appear on the list, coming in ninth with a return of $9. Like Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock is not considered overpaid by Hollywood standards, she lands here because of math. Huge backend payments on The Blind Side and Gravity make Sandra Bullock look overpaid.
Dr Dre has topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip-hop artist, ousting Sean “Diddy” Combs from the top spot.
Dr Dre’s $620 million earnings in the last 12 months are the highest of any musician ever evaluated by Forbes magazine.
His total eclipses the mere $60 million earned by Jay-Z, 44, and Diddy, 44, who tied in second place with earnings from drinks, clothing and television deals.
In fact, Dr Dre’s takings are more than the combined income of all the other 24 names on the list.
Dr Dre has topped Forbes list as the highest paid hip-hop artist
Much of the 49-year-old’s earnings this year came thanks to the $3 billion sale to Apple of the Beats high-end headphone company he founded with music executive Jimmy Iovine and other financial ventures, including cognac and vodka brands.
Drake came in fourth with $33 million which will keep him happy, having told Forbes “if I’m not on your list, I’d be gravely disappointed” in 2013.
Seattle duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s $32 million takes the last slot in the top five, edging out Kanye West’s $30 million.
Birdman’s $24 million, Lil Wayne’s $23 million and the $22 million wealth of Pharrell Williams place them above Eminem who earned an estimated $18 million to complete the top 10.
Nicki Minaj is the only female on the list having taken an estimated $14 million despite her departure from American Idol and lack of tour dates.
To form the list, Forbes considered income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements and other ventures.
Sandra Bullock has topped the Forbes‘ List Of Highest Earning Actresses in 2014 taking home an estimated $51 million.
Sandra Bullock brought in $716 million in global box office takings and was a hit with critics.
Jennifer Lawrence is second on the list with a reported $34 million thanks to her share in Hunger Games.
Jennifer Aniston ranks third highest earning with $31 million after her role in Horrible Bosses.
Despite Sandra Bullock’s large pay packet, women are still earning less than men in Hollywood.
Forbes reports that the top 10 women on the list earned $216 million combined, which is almost half of the $419 million that the top 10 actors brought home.
Robert Downey Jr. is number one on the male list with $75 million earnings for the second year in a row thanks to the Iron Man trilogy and Avengers films.
Sandra Bullock has topped the Forbes’ List Of Highest Earning Actresses in 2014 (photo Getty Images)
Gwyneth Paltrow is fourth place with $19 million due to her role in Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey Jr. and her work with Max Factor and Hugo Boss.
Last year’s top earner Angelina Jolie came in fifth with $18 million.
Forbes says that it measures the figures by talking to agents, producers and lawyers to work out how much each celebrity earned from entertainment-related work during the 12-month time period between June 2013 and June 2014.
They didn’t deduct cash for taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity.
Simon Cowell tops Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning TV personalities in 2012-13 after raking $95 million in just 12 months.
Simon Cowell, 53, was tied with radio and television presenter Howard Stern, who is also host on America’s Got Talent, reported theNew York Post.
The X Factor now airs in 41 countries around the world, and Got Talent has become the biggest selling franchise, spreading to Afghanistan and Vietnam.
Simon Cowell recently hit the headlines when it was announced that he is to have a baby with married socialite Lauren Silverman.
Simon Cowell tops Forbes magazine’s list of highest-earning TV personalities in 2012-13 after raking $95 million in just 12 months
Lauren Silverman, 36, who is 11 weeks’ pregnant with the pop mogul’s child, has made it clear to friends that it is her intention to marry Simon Cowell as soon as her divorce comes through.
Her brother-in-law, Alexander Silverman, insisted that news of her pregnancy constituted a breach of trust by Simon Cowell, as he had been close friends with both Lauren and millionaire husband Andrew.
Simon Cowell, who is worth an estimated $305 million, insisted he will do everything he can to support and provide for his child after the news broke that Lauren Silverman is expecting.
Also on the Forbes list was Oprah Winfrey who made $77 million, down from her $165 million in 2011/12.
The Apprentice host Donald Trump also appeared, raking in $63 million in just one year.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest ($61 million), Ellen DeGeneres ($56 million) and Judge Judy Sheindlin ($47 million) also made the list of top TV earners.
Phil McGraw came fifth as he managed to make $72 million from his Dr Phil daytime television.
Forbes magazine reveals that Angelina Jolie pocketed a cool $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
That figure is $13 million more than her earnings last year, giving Angelina Jolie, 38, the top spot above a wealth of talent on Forbes annual list of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses.
Angelina Jolie’s achievement is made even more impressive considering she hasn’t been seen on the cinema screen for three years, since her critical flop The Tourist in 2010.
Instead Angelina Jolie has been concentrating on her directing and writing career with her film In The Land of Blood and Honey debuting in 2011.
Next summer will see Angelina Jolie return to her acting roots with comeback flick Maleficent, for which she will pocket $15 million.
Angelina Jolie managed to pull in $9 million more than the second actress on the list, The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence, 22, may have only been paid $1 million for her first turn as Katniss Everdeen, but thanks to a massive box office total of $690 million for the first film, she’s set to get a substantial pay rise for the next movie in the franchise, Catching Fire.
Last year’s queen bee Kristen Stewart has suffered the effects of her huge franchise The Twilight Saga coming to an end, as she could only manage third spot in the 2012/2013 list.
Last year Kristen Stewart, 23, banked $34.5 million thanks to Bella Swan, but a year later could only rake in $22 million.
Forbes magazine reveals that Angelina Jolie pocketed a cool $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013
Jennifer Aniston is also riding high in Forbes list, taking fourth spot with $20 million in earnings whilst The Amazing Spider-Man star Emma Stone squeezes into the top five with an estimated $16 million.
Heading up the second half is Prometheus star Charlize Theron with $15 million, with Sandra Bullock and Natalie Portman just behind, both with $14 million banked.
Mila Kunis has also entered the list this year with a tidy $11 million thanks to breaking out into big budget movies like.
Finally Julia Roberts proves that she can still pull in a major pay check despite her lack of starring roles in recent years. Her only 2012 offering was the role of The Queen in Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White, but that hasn’t stopped her entered the list with $11 million in estimated earnings.
Major names to fall off the Forbes list include last year’s entrants Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker and Meryl Streep.
1. Angelina Jolie, $33 million
2. Jennifer Lawrence, $26 million
3. Kristen Stewart, $22 million
4. Jennifer Aniston, $20 million
5. Emma Stone, $16 million
6. Charlize Theron, $15 million
7. Sandra Bullock, $14 million
8. Natalie Portman, $14 million
9. Mila Kunis, $11 million
10. Julia Roberts, $11 million
Oprah Winfrey is back on top of Forbes‘ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities – Forbes’ Celebrity 100 – after a two-year stint in the runner-up seat.
Oprah Winfrey, 59, knocked Jennifer Lopez off the spot and into number 12, but still shares the top ten winners’ enclosure arena with a multitude of women.
There are six girls in the plum positions – and the only man to make it into the top five is film director Steven Spielberg, who, coming third, is sandwiched between Lady Gaga in second and Beyonce in fourth.
Madonna comes fifth and Taylor Swift makes her top 10 debut at number six in the annual Top 100 compiled by Forbes magazine, which is based on income over a 12-month period and fame, as defined by a media presence across all platforms, as well as social media power.
Writer E.L. James is newcomer to the list at number 42, proving that celebrities with clout can come from anywhere. E.L. James has sold 70 million copies of her books and earned an estimated $77 million in the last 12 months.
Oprah Winfrey is back on top of Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities
Forbes calculated celebrity’s earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals and each star was given a marketability score, created by California market research firm E-Poll.
The magazine credits Oprah Winfrey’s $77 million earnings between June 2012 and June 2013 – as well as her prominence on TV, on social media and in the press – for her placing.
Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz said: “She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix.
“She is taking this cable network and turning it around just through the sheer force of her will, her connections and her ability.”
Oprah Winfrey, who has topped the list on four previous occasions, is one of three celebrities who have featured on the prestigious list every year since its inception in 1999, along with radio DJ Howard Stern and director Steven Spielberg.
But she wasn’t the highest earning star over the last year. Madonna earned $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.
Last year’s number one, Jennifer Lopez – who topped the chart thanks to her public profile and earnings of $52 million – drops to 12 on this year’s countdown.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, despite being forced to cancel numerous dates on her moneymaking Born This Way Ball tour due to hip surgery earlier this year, earned $80 million from the global jaunt.
Forbes also cites the 27-year-old star’s devoted fan following on social media for her lofty ranking.
Dorothy Pomerantz said: “She is still a huge force in pop music. Even when she is not playing, people are talking about her and speculating about her.”
Forbes also deciphered how often individual stars appeared in the media and used Starcount – a Singapore-based company that studies celebrity’s presence on 11 different social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to assess popularity and influence.
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