Another year, another Forbes list detailing the highest earning celebrities. And once again, Sean Combs — AKA Diddy — AKA P. Diddy — AKA Puff Daddy — has topped the list, having banked $130 million over 12 months.
Despite not releasing music, Diddy managed to increase his overall wealth to $820 million thanks to a North American headline tour last year, and various releases from other artists under Bad Boy Records.
Coming a close second is Beyoncé, who accumulated $105 million over the year thanks to her lucrative ‘Formation’ tour and the release of Lemonade. Her husband, Jay Z, who she is expecting twins with later this year, came in 55th partly thanks to TIDAL.
Close behind Rowling comes Drake with $94 million, mainly thanks to relentless touring, while Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million) rounds off the top five.
A shockingly low number of women made the list, with only 16 featuring in total. That’s one more than last year and a devastating reflection of inequality in the entertainment industry. Cumulatively, the top women made $822.5 million, down from the $892.5 million of last year.
Notably, not one female actor made the list, whereas ten male actors did, including Adam Sandler, Jackie Chan, Kevin Heart, and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. Jennifer Lawrence almost made the cut, but due to only being paid for one mainstream feature — Red Sparrow — in the last 12 months, fell below the lowest of the 100.