The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities 2015

by Silitonga | created - 30 Jun 2015 | updated - 01 Jul 2015 | Public

According to Forbes, these are 2015 Top 35 Highest-Paid Celebrities. Whose work do you think worth every penny?

Discuss them here.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Producer | The Boy

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest boxer of his era, undefeated as a professional, and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four...

$300M

2. Manny Pacquiao

Actor | Anak ng Kumander

Manny Pacquiao serves as a Senator of the Philippines.

He is the only eight-division world champion in the history of boxing, having won twelve major world titles, as well as being the first boxer to win the lineal championship in five different weight classes. Pacquiao is also the first boxer in ...

$160M

3. Katy Perry

Actress | The Smurfs

Katy Perry was born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California to Mary Christine Hudson (née Perry) & Maurice Keith Hudson. She has a big sister named Angela & a little brother named David, and has English, Portuguese, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. Her ...

$135M

4. One Direction

Actor | One Direction: What Makes You Beautiful

They were part of The X Factor (UK) in 2010, they were in the "bootcamp" stage when they were told they would not make it in the 'boys' category. One Direction was formed on July 23, 2010. Judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh felt they were too talented to be sent home. As a ...

$130M

5. Howard Stern

Producer | Howard Stern on Demand

Howard Allan Stern was born on January 12, 1954, in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, to Rae (Schiffman), an inhalation therapist, and Bernard Stern, who co-owned a cartoon/commercial production studio. His grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Poland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Stern's ...

$95M

6. Garth Brooks

Soundtrack | Frequency

Garth Brooks was born on February 7, 1962 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Frequency (2000), For Love of the Game (1999) and Hope Floats (1998). He has been married to Trisha Yearwood since December 10, 2005. He was previously married to Sandy Mahl.

$90M

7. James Patterson

Writer | Alex Cross

James Patterson was born on March 22, 1947 in Newburgh, New York, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Alex Cross (2012), Kiss the Girls (1997) and Maximum Ride (2016). He has been married to Susan Lori Solie since July 24, 1997. They have one child.

$89M

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Actor | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...

$80M

9. Taylor Swift

Actress | The Lorax

Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards...

$80M

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Producer | Untitled Teen Soccer Project

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro was born on February 5, 1985, in Madeira, Portugal to Maria Dolores dos Santos Aveiro and José Diniz Aveiro. Cristiano has an elder brother, Hugo and two elder sisters, Elma and Liliana Cátia. His name was inspired by the former US-president, Ronald Reagan, whom ...

$79.5M

11. Rush Limbaugh

Actor | Forget Paris

Rush Limbaugh was born on January 12, 1951 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA. He is known for Forget Paris (1995), The Drew Carey Show (1995) and The ½ Hour News Hour (2007). He was married to Kathryn Rogers, Marta Maranda Fitzgerald, Michelle Sixta Wennerholm and Roxy Maxine McNeely. He died...

$79M

12. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

$75M

13. Lionel Messi

Actor | Draw

Lionel Messi is a football player from Argentina who plays for FC Barcelona. He has won the Ballon D'Or, the annual award given to the best player in the world, 7 times and an Olympic gold medal winner in 2008. He was born in 1987 in Rosario, Argentina's third-biggest city. He showed an enormous ...

$74M

14. Eagles

Soundtrack | Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Eagles is a writer and composer, known for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), The Big Lebowski (1998) and America's Sweethearts (2001).

$73.5M

15. Phil McGraw

Actor | Scary Movie 4

Phil McGraw was born in Vinita, Oklahoma, to Anne Geraldine "Gerrie" (Stevens) and Joseph J. "Joe" McGraw, Jr., an equipment supplier for oil fields. He earned his doctorate degree in psychology from the University of North Texas [1979]. In 1980 he founded Courtroom Sciences, Inc., a full-service ...

$70M

16. Roger Federer

Self | The Argentine Miracle of Tennis

Federer is the former #1 ranked tennis player in the world, having held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.

He won the Indesit ATP 2004 Race on September 14. The ATP confirmed that his lead was insurmountable, marking what is believed to be the earliest a player has locked up...

$67M

17. Calvin Harris

Soundtrack | The Do-Over

Calvin Harris was born on January 17, 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland. He is a composer and actor, known for The Do-Over (2016), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Shazam! (2019).

$66M

18. LeBron James

Producer | Space Jam: A New Legacy

LeBron James is an American basketball player and film producer who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers. He is one of the most accomplished basketball players of the 21st century. He played himself in Space Jam: A New Legacy and Trainwreck. He is the owner of a ...

$65M

19. Justin Timberlake

Soundtrack | Trolls

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister. At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search (1983), and even though he didn't win, it didn't dampen his ambitions. He also ...

$63.5M

20. David Copperfield

Producer | Now You See Me 2

David Copperfield is the first living illusionist to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: he won the star on April 25th, 1995, for the category "Live Performance" and the address is 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, USA. On October 2nd, 1994, he was knighted by the...

$63M

21. Sean 'Diddy' Combs

Actor | Get Him to the Greek

Sean Diddy Combs, AKA Puff Daddy, is the definition of a mogul. Starting his career as the director of A&R at Uptown Records, he was integral in launching the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci, and later started his own label, Bad Boy Records, which has fostered talent that includes Mariah Carey,...

$60M

22. Gordon Ramsay

Producer | Hell's Kitchen

Scottish by birth, Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. With an injury prematurely putting an end to any hopes of a promising career in football, he went back to college to complete a course in hotel management. His dedication and natural talent led him to train with some ...

$60M

23. Ryan Seacrest

Self | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Born and raised in Atlanta, Seacrest has been the heart and soul of television and in radio for many years, beginning as the host of such kids shows as, Gladiators 2000 (1994), Fox Family Channel's Wild Animal Games (1995), and Click (1997), which ultimately led him to his afternoon gig at Los ...

$60M

24. Fleetwood Mac

Soundtrack | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band, formed in London in 1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit ...

$59.5M

25. Lady Gaga

Soundtrack | A Star Is Born

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Gaga was born on March 28, 1986 in Manhattan, New York City, to Cynthia Louise (Bissett), a philanthropist and business executive, and Joseph Anthony ...

$59M

26. The Rolling Stones

Soundtrack | The Boat That Rocked

The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "...

$57.5M

27. Ed Sheeran

Soundtrack | Red Notice

Ed Sheeran is a British singer-songwriter from West Yorkshire known for his many compositions. For film soundtracks, he had performed "I See Fire" for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He acted in Game of Thrones, Bridget Jones' Baby, The Simpsons, Popstar: Never Stop Popping and Star Wars: The ...

$56M

28. Jay-Z

Soundtrack | The Harder They Fall

Jay-Z was born Shawn Corey Carter on December 4, 1969 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jas ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ("...

$57M

29. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson designs their glittering costumes & her dad, Mathew Knowles manages Destiny's Child. Solange, her sister (they're 4 years apart) has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during ...

$54.5M

30. Kevin Durant

Producer | Two Distant Strangers

Kevin Durant was born on September 29, 1988 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is a producer and actor, known for Two Distant Strangers (2020), The 2017 NBA Finals (2017) and Thunderstruck (2012).

$52M

31. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

$53.5M

32. Toby Keith

Actor | Beer for My Horses

Born July 8, 1961, Toby Keith Covel was the second child of Joan and Hubert Keith (HK) Covel. He was born in Clinton, Oklahoma, and grew up with his sister (Tonnie) and his youngest sibling (a brother, Tracy) in Moore, Oklahoma. After graduating from Moore High School; Toby did not go on to college...

$53M

33. Kim Kardashian

Actress | Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

TV star, entrepreneur, fashion designer, and author (New York Times best-seller - "Kardashian Konfidential"), Kim Kardashian was born in Los Angeles, California, to Kris Jenner (née Kristen Mary Houghton) and attorney Robert Kardashian. Her father was of Armenian descent and her mother is of mostly...

$52.5M

34. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

As the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016, and with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actress of her generation. She is also the first person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence...

$52M

35. Paul McCartney

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

Sir Paul McCartney is a key figure in contemporary culture as a singer, composer, poet, writer, artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, and holder of more than 3 thousand copyrights. He is in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for most records sold, most #1s (shared), most covered song, "Yesterday," ...

$51.5M



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