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Sean Combs tops the Forbes annual highest-paid entertainers list

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 13/06/2017 Emma Powell
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Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped Forbes’ annual list of the top 100 highest-paid entertainers.

The US rapper, 47, jumped up from 22nd on last year’s list with earnings of $130m (£102m) thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a partnership with Diego’s Ciroc vodka and selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line for an estimated $70m.

He is joined in the top three by fellow musician Beyonce and author J.K.Rowling.

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Beyonce – who is expecting twins – took home earnings of $105m (£82.7m) thanks to her Formation Tour which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars.

Rowling earned $95m (£74.8m) off the back of Harry Potter spin-offs Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them and the West End’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Despite their high ranking, women only make up 16 per cent of the world's top-earning celebrities.

Drake placed fourth with fellow musicians The Weeknd and Coldplay in sixth and eighth respectively. Sportsmen Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James took fifth and tenth while US presenter Howard Stern placed seventh and author James Patterson ninth.

Raking it in: J. K. Rowling ranked third thanks to her Harry Potter spin-offs (Chris Jackson/Getty) © Provided by Evening Standard Limited Raking it in: J. K. Rowling ranked third thanks to her Harry Potter spin-offs (Chris Jackson/Getty)

A wealth of newcomers made it on to the list including Amy Schumer who made Forbes history to become the first female comedian to make the Celebrity 100 after banking $37.5m (£29.5m) in 12 months, thanks to a lucrative Netflix deal, her book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and several endorsements.

Reality TV star Kylie Jenner also made the cut, taking 59th place with estimated earnings of $41m (£32m), to become the youngest member of the coveted list. The 19-year-old raked in the hefty fortune thanks to her family series Keeping Up With the Kardashians, her cosmetics company and several endorsements and appearances.

Despite performing for decades Guns N’ Roses ($84m), Billy Joel ($35m), and Dolly Parton ($37m) finally made it onto the list for the first time.


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