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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Named Highest-Paid Entertainer of 2017

Variety logo Variety 6/12/2017 Rebecca Rubin
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Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped a list of high-earning entertainers — again.

Earning $130 million in the past 12 months, Combs edged out Beyoncé for the top spot on Forbes’ list of 2017’s highest-paid entertainers. Forbes credits his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, and selling one-third of his Sean John clothing line, estimated at $70 million, for not just cracking the list, but taking the No. 1 slot.

Combs has topped Forbes’ annual ranking of the top five wealthiest hip-hop artists six years in a row.

And even with taking a break from touring to welcome her twins, Beyoncé jumped from No. 34 last year to No. 2 this year, thanks to her Formation World Tour, which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars, and the release of her visual album “Lemonade.”

Author J.K. Rowling ($95 million), Drake ($94 million), and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million) round out the top five.

The biggest dip came from Taylor Swift, who, without a tour, fell from the top spot to No. 49, the largest decrease (from $170 million in 2016 to $44 million in 2017) of anyone on the list.

Newcomers on the Celebrity 100 list are Kylie Jenner, Amy Schumer, Chance the Rapper, and Steve Harvey. Returnees, some of whom owe Netflix streaming for their salaries, include Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle, and Chris Rock, who estimated $20 million each for their Netflix specials.

Though there are more women on the list than last year, not one female movie star ranked, compared to 10 male actors who made the cut.

Slideshow: World's Highest-paid Entertainers 2017 (via Forbes)

The Global Celebrity 2017: <p>The 100 highest-paid celebrities in the world raked in over $5.1 billion combined and hail from 21 countries. Read on to see the full list.</p> Celebrity 100: The World's Highest-Paid Entertainers 2017


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