The world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year; according to Forbes, a magazine known for its lists and rankings.
Eleven superstars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
The Forbes Celebrity 100 ranks front-of-the-camera stars around the globe using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents.
Top 10 earners
Featured on the cover of the August 31, 2018 issue of Forbes magazine is Natalie Robehmed’s profile of Kylie Jenner. The 20-year-old mother, reality television star and owner of Kylie Cosmetics is ranked No. 3 with $166.5 million in earnings and later this year will likely take the title Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates once held: the world’s youngest ever self-made billionaire.
Forbes figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and ComScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the stars themselves. The result is the definitive index of who’s making what in the worldwide business of fame.