(qlmbusinessnews.com via telegraph.co.uk – – Sun, 29 Oct 2017) London, Uk – –
J.K Rowling named the highest paid celebrity in Europe in 2017 – who else made the cut?
With earnings of $95m (£72m) over the past 12 months, Harry Potter author J.K Rowling is the highest-paid celebrity in Europe this year.
Almost half of the enormous sum earned, which doesn’t take into account taxes or management fees, comes from her co-writing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part stage play that sold 1.3m copies in 2016, and has been showing in theatres in London and New York.
Not only is Rowling the highest-paid celebrity in Europe, but she is also the world’s highest-paid author and third highest-paid celebrity in the world, according to Forbes.
Its list of the 20 highest-paid European celebrities in 2017 reveals that collectively they earned $1.06bn over the past 12 months, before taxes or agent and management fees.
Twelve of these famous faces are from Britain, including celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey (with earnings of $60m) and Simon Cowell ($43.5m). Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland each claim one entry in the top 20 list.
Professional athletes account for half of the wealthiest European celebrities with three footballers, three racing drivers, two tennis players, one golfer and one mixed martial artist making the grade.
Cristiano Ronaldo ranks in second place with earnings of $93m this year, thanks to his contract extension with Real Madrid, his CR7 brand and various endorsement deals, with the likes of Tag Heuer and Nike.
Irish UFC star Conor McGregor, who came second to last in the list, with earnings of $34m, will rise near the top of next year’s list due to his multi-million dollar fight with Floyd Mayweather in August, Forbes said.
Aside from Rowling, only one other woman made the 20 highest-paid European entertainers; singer Adele, who has earned $69m over the past 12 months.
U2, The Rolling Stones and One Direction all ranked among the 10 richest European celebrities in 2016, but no longer earn enough to make the grade.