The majority of the world’s highest-paid entertainers now earn big money through Netflix and other streaming platforms, YouTube channels, royalties, endorsements, and a variety of businesses.
Here is the list of the highest-paid entertainers in the world in 2023 according to Forbes.
10. Bob Dylan
Bobby Dan is the last on the list of the top 10 highest-paid entertainers in 2022. He is a singer, songwriter, artist, and writer from the United States. In July, the 80-year-old Nobel winner sold his recorded music and a few future recordings to Sony for $150 million. This came on the heels of a rumored $400 million megadeal with Universal to sell his publishing collection in 2020.
9. Ryan Tedder
Ryan Tedder is the ninth highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $160 million earnings and has a net worth of $145 million. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, and producer from the United States. In addition to writing over 500 songs for his own band, the OneRepublic vocalist has written hits for Beyoncé, Adele, and Ed Sheeran. Ryan sold the rights to his song collection to an investment group called KKR for $200 million in January 2021.
8. Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry is the eighth highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $165 million earnings and has a net worth of $800 million. He is an American actor, director, playwright, and producer. The wealthy do-it-all producer and performer is bringing back the Madea franchise that made him famous – but everything he built around it is what brings in the majority of his revenue, from a multi-year production agreement with BET to the 330-acre production facility he operates out of in Atlanta.
7. Paul Simon
Paul Simon is the seventh highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $200 million earnings and has a net worth of $200 million. Simon is a well-known American musician and songwriter whose career has spanned decades and has been hailed with critical and popular success. In March, the folk-rock performer sold hundreds of song compositions, including “Mrs. Robinson,” “59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy),” and “The Sound of Silence,” to Sony Music Publishing for around $250 million.
6. Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the sixth highest-paid entertainers in 2022 with $210 million earnings. Matt Stone is a writer, producer, and animator from the United States and has a $600 million net worth. Trey Parker is a writer, producer, director, composer, animator, and actor from the United States and has a $700 million net worth. The founders of South Park and its offshoots oversee a cottage economy that now earns more than $80 million per year, and they inked a six-year, $900 million agreement with Paramount+ in August.
5. Kanye West
Kanye West is the fifth highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $235 million earnings and has a net worth of $6.6 billion. West is a producer, rapper, fashion designer, and entrepreneur from the United States. He makes the majority of his money from a multi-year contract with Adidas to develop Yeezy sneakers.
4. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the fourth highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $270 million in earnings and has a net worth of $800 million. He is an actor, former professional wrestler, and entrepreneur from the United States. Only around a quarter of The Rock’s profits came from appearances in films such as Jungle Cruise and Red Notice, with the majority of his Jumanji-sized paycheck coming from his buzzy tequila brand, Teremana.
Jay-Z is the third highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $340 million in earnings and has a net worth of $1.3 billion. He is a rapper, producer, songwriter, and businessman from the United States. In 2021, Hip-hop’s first billionaire demonstrated his economic skills by cashing off holdings in music streaming service Tidal and the Armand de Brignac wine company.
2. Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen is the second-highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $435 million earnings and has a net worth of $650 million. He is a singer, songwriter, and musician from the United States. Throughout his career spanning several decades, he has garnered success as a solo performer as well as the frontman of the E Street Band.
1. Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is the highest-paid entertainer in 2022 with $580 million earnings and has a net worth of $1 billion. He is a New Zealand-born director, writer, and producer. He is best known for his multi-award-winning film “The Lord of the Rings.” In November 2021, he sold a portion of his visual effects company Weta Digital to Unity Software for $1.6 billion, making him only the third person in history (after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas) to become a billionaire through filmmaking.