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Mayweather reigns as Forbes highest paid athlete

Mayweather reigns as Forbes highest paid athlete
June 30
11:01 2015
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Forbes magazine released its highly anticipated list of highest earning personalities in the entertainment business on Monday – with undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather coming tops at $300million.

Forbes had hinted at a shift in power from last year’s list which had Beyonce at number one with the announcement of the highest paid couple in Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris last week.

The two sportsmen from the most lucrative fight in boxing history maintain the number one and two spots with Manny Pacquiao still in second place at $160m.

The big revelation is American pop goddess Katy Perry who comes in at third place with earnings of $135m from 126 shows around the world, merchandise sales and endorsements within the one-year time frame.

Musicians dominated the list while the only publishing author was James Patterson at 7th position with an estimated $89m from about 16 books in the past year.

Eighth on the list is Robert Downey Jr. who plays the philanthropist, playboy-billionaire Tony Stark in the Avengers and Iron man series is still the highest paid actor at $80m.

Taylor Swift is tied with Downey Jr. in 8th and $80m earnings while her beau Calvin Harris is consistent at $66m at 17 position from 21 last year.

The other power couple Jay-Z in 28th $56m and Beyonce in 29th position $54.5m.

Cristiano Ronaldo in 10th just like their goal tally competition in La Liga surpassed Lionel Messi by 3 spots in 13th and $5m with Ronaldo’s $79.5million to Messi’s $74m.

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1. Floyd Mayweather: $300 million
2. Manny Pacquiao: $160 million
3. Katy Perry: $135 million
4. One Direction: $130 million
5. Howard Stern: $95 million
6. Garth Brooks: $90 million
7. James Patterson: $89 million
8. Robert Downey Jr.: $80 million
9. Taylor Swift: $80 million
10. Cristiano Ronaldo: $79.5 million
11. Rush Limbaugh: $79 million
12. Ellen Degeneres: $75 million
13. Lionel Messi: $74 million
14. The Eagles: $73.5 million
15. Dr. Phil McGraw: $70 million
16. Roger Federer: $67 million
17. Calvin Harris: $66 million
18. LeBron James: $65 million
19. Justin Timberlake: $63.5 million
20. David Copperfield: $63 million
21. Sean Combs: $60 million
21. Gordon Ramsay: $60 million
21. Ryan Seacrest: $60 million
24. Fleetwood Mac: $59.5 million
25. Lady Gaga: $59 million
26. Rolling Stones: $57.5 million
27. Ed Sheeran: $57 million
28. Jay Z: $56 million
29. Beyoncé: $54.5 million
30. Kevin Durant: $52 million
31. Elton John: $53.5 million
32. Toby Keith: $53 million
33. Kim Kardashian: $52.5 million
34. Jennifer Lawrence: $52 million
35. Paul McCartney: $51.5 million
36. Phil Mickelson: $52 million
37. Tiger Woods: $50.5 million
38. Jackie Chan: $50 million
39. Kobe Bryant: $49.5 million
40. Ben Roethlisberger: $49 million
41. Rory McIlroy: $48.5 million
42. Novak Djokovic: $48 million
43. Vin Diesel: $47 million
43. Judy Sheindlin: $47 million
45. Michael Bublé: $45.5 million
46. Gisele Bundchen: $44 million
47. Jason Aldean: $43.5 million
48. Luke Bryan: $42.5 million
49. Kenny Chesney: $42 million
50. Bradley Cooper: $41.5 million
51. Adam Sandler: $41 million
52. Tom Cruise: $40 million
52. Bruno Mars: $40 million
54. Drake: $39.5 million
55. Lewis Hamilton: $39 million
55. Zlatan Ibrahimovic: $39 million
57. Ndamukong Suh: $38.5 million
58. Foo Fighters: $38 million
58. Tim McGraw: $38 million
60. David Guetta: $37 million
61. Florida Georgia Line: $36.5 million
62. Jimmy Buffet: $36 million
62. Jerry Seinfeld: $36 million
62. Tiesto: $36 million 65. Fernando Alonso: $35.5 million
65. Scarlett Johansson: $35.5 million
67. Gareth Bale: $35 million
67. David Letterman: $35 million
69. Jon Lester: $34 million
69. Derrick Rose: $34 million
71. Amitabh Bachchan: $33.5 million
71. Salman Khan: $33.5 million
73. Salman Khan: $33 million
73. Maroon 5: $33 million
73. Sebastian Vettel: $33 million
76. Ashkay Kumar: $32.5 million
76. Rafael Nadal: $32.5 million
78. Zac Brown Band: $32.5 million
78. Mark Wahlberg: $32 million
78. Pharrell Williams: $32 million
81. Dwayne Johnson: $31.5 million
82. Mahendra Singh Dhoni: $31 million
82. Eminem: $31 million
82. Neymar: $31 million
82. Britney Spears: $31 million
86. Carmelo Anthony: $30.5 million
87. Johnny Depp: $30 million
88. Maria Sharapova: $29.5 million
89. Leonardo Dicaprio: $29 million
89. Sean Hannity: $29 million
89. Carson Palmer: $29 million
89. Jim Parsons: $29 million
89. James Rodriguez: $29 million
89. Channing Tatum: $29 million
95. Jennifer Lopez: $28.5 million
95. Miranda Lambert: $28.5 million
95. Sofia Vergara: $28.5 million
95. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting: $28.5 million
95. Blake Shelton: $28.5 million
95. Kevin Hart: $28.5 million

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