Forbes 2017 List of World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities

'Diddy,' Beyoncé, and J.K. Rowling make up the top three.

June 13, 2017 11:21 am
Beyonce performs on stage during a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities, with hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs reigning supreme in the top spot. The Bad Boy Entertainment founder, who earned $130 million last year, snagged the throne after leaping from his previous No. 22 spot.

The names that round out the top 20 list include a mix of musicians, authors, athletes, and personalities. Take a look at the names that made the top of the list.


#1 Sean Combs- $130 M (Musician)

Sean 'Diddy' Combs
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs attends the ‘Killing Them Softly’ Premiere in Cannes, France. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
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#2 Beyonce Knowles- $105M (Musician)

Beyonce performs on stage during a concert in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

#3 J.K. Rowling- $95M (Author)

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling attends the European premiere of “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” at Odeon Leicester Square. (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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#4 Drake- $94 M (Musician)

Rapper Drake performs onstage at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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#5 Cristiano Ronaldo- $93 M (Athlete)

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid at the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium on May 14, 2016 in La Coruna, Spain. (Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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#6 The Weeknd- $92 M (Musician)

The Weeknd
The Weeknd performs onstage during the 2015 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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#7 Howard Stern- $90 M (Personality)

Howard Stern
Howard Stern attends the “America’s Got Talent” season 10 red carpet event at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

#8 Coldplay- $88 M (Musicians)

(L-R) Jonny Buckland, Chris Martin, Will Champion and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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#9 James Patterson- $87 M (Author)

James Patterson
James Patterson appears at Miami International Book Fair in Miami, Florida. (Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
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#10 LeBron James- $86 M (Athlete)

LeBron James
LeBron James at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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#11 Guns N’ Roses- $84 M (Musicians)

Guns N' Roses
(L-R) Musician Duff McKagan, singer Axl Rose and musician Slash of Guns N’ Roses perform onstage during day 2 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music &Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)
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#12 Rush Limbaugh- $84 M (Personality)

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh speaks at San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California, United States. (John Medina/WireImage)

#13 Justin Bieber- $83.5 M (Musician)

Justin Beiber
Justin Bieber performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. (Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images for One Love Manchester)
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#14 Lionel Messi- $80 M (Athlete)

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and RC Celta de Vigo at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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#15 Dr. Phil McGraw- $79 M  (Personality)

Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil McGraw appears at the Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey. (Barry Brecheisen/WireImage for Rubenstein Communications, Inc.)
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#16 Ellen DeGeneres- $77 M (Comedian)

Ellen DeGeneres
TV personality Ellen DeGeneres poses backstage during Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards at The Forum. (Christopher Polk/KCA2016/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
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#17 Bruce Springsteen- $75 M (Musician)

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen performs in Melbourne, Australia. (Sam Tabone/WireImage)

#18 Adele- $69 M (Musician)

Adele performs from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Francis Specker/CBS via Getty Images)
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#18 Jerry Seinfeld- $69 M (Comedian)

Jerry Seinfeld
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld performs onstage at the Colossal Stage during Colossal Clusterfest at Civic Center Plaza and The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

#20 Mark Wahlberg- $68 M (Actor)

Mark Wahlberg
Actor Mark Wahlberg at the 2016 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

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