Among the high performers are a number of filmmakers and television producers, such as the dynamic duos behind “The Simpsons” and “South Park.”
The list includes the top earners in the film and music industries for 2023.
Top 10 Highest Paid Entertainers In The World 2023
1. Genesis / $230 million
Phil Collins and his Genesis bandmates sold the rights to a portion of their song catalog to Concord Music Group for $300 million a few months ago. This sale included Collins’s popular song “In the Air Tonight” and numerous other hits.
2. Sting / $210 million
The Police and Sting sold their music catalog to Universal Music Group last year, with Sting receiving $210 million after fees.
3. Tyler Perry / $175 million
Tyler Perry is a writer, actor, director, and producer who owns several Atlanta backlot sets and BET productions. He is the wealthiest celebrity on this list and the only billionaire.
4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone / $160 million
The two creators of “South Park” have secured a $160 million contract for the show to sign with Paramount+ in 2021. The deal is worth a total of $935 million over the next six years and includes 14 exclusive and original “South Park” movies.
5. James L. Brooks and Matt Groening / $105 million
Even after more than 25 seasons, “The Simpsons” remains a staple of American television and a must-see for every generation.
Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, the creators of the successful television comedy show, earned at least $100 million in 2022, according to Forbes, which reported that the transition of “The Simpsons” to Disney+ provides them with $105 million annually.
6. Brad Pitt / $100 million
This past year, Brad Pitt appeared in three films: “Bullet Train,” “Babylon,” and “The Lost City.”
In addition, he earned more than nine figures from the sale of the preponderance of his production company, Plan B Entertainment.
7. The Rolling Stones / $98 million
The Rolling Stones, a legendary rock band led by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, performed in 15 cities throughout Europe during their “Sixty” tour last year, grossing over $8.5 million per night.
8. James Cameron / $95 million
The release of “Avatar: The Way of Water” at the close of the year earned James Cameron at least $95 million, cementing his legacy as one of the highest-earning and highest-grossing directors.
9. Taylor Swift / $92 million
The fact that Taylor Swift took all Top-10 positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with a single album release indicates that she had a successful year financially, despite the fact that the majority of her earnings came from previously released songs. She is the only woman to appear on this year’s list of the top ten highest-earning entertainers.
10. Bad Bunny / $88 million
The Puerto Rican vocalist and rapper’s two world tours, “El Ultimo Tour del Mundo” and “World’s Hottest Tour,” generated over $400 million in box office receipts. Among others, he has endorsement agreements with Adidas, Cheetos, and Corona.