These Are The World’s Richest Celebrities

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Forbes have released their list of 2015’s highest paid celebrities and it is boxers who have fought their way to the top.

Floyd Mayweather tops the list with his $300 million year, nearly doubling the earnings of Manny Pacquiao who grossed $160 million. Mayweather’s haul smashes the record for athlete earnings, which was previously held by Tiger Woods who banked $115 million in 2008.

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It was the pair’s May 2 fight that brought in the vast majority of their earnings and crushed multiple boxing financial records with the fight expected to gross more than $600 million once everything is counted.

It’s been a good year for musicians with spot three occupied by Katy Perry bagging a cool $135 million – thanks mostly to her Prismatic World Tour.

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Highest placed UK outfit are the boys from One Direction. That’s right, the world’s biggest boy band is also its biggest band of any sort, with combined earnings of $130 million, One Direction’s income is more than double that of Ed Sheeran who was a busy boy playing 154 shows during the scoring period but could only manage $57 million, good enough for 27th. Just below Ed in 28th and 29th respectively are power couple Jay Z and Beyonce, who netted around $54 million each.

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Coming in at five and six respectively are controversial ‘shock-jock’ Howard Stern ($95 million) and Country & Western legend Garth Brooks ($90 million) while author James Patterson takes 7th place ($89 million).

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At number eight it’s nice to see Robert Downey Jr. The actor’s earnings have skyrocketed to around $80 million thanks to his roles in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, for which he is commanding a reported $40 million.

Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift completed her transition from country starlet to pop superstar taking the number nine spot with earnings of $80 million. With over 3.6 million copies of album 1989 sold she was one of only three artists with a platinum album last year.

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Just making the top ten and highest paid footballer on the list is Cristiano Ronaldo, who netted a cool $79.5 million, while arch rival Lionel Messi could only scrape together $74 million – still good enough to hit number 13 on the list. Unlucky for some Lio…

You can check out the full list here.


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