Five syndicated radio personalities ranked among Forbes just-released “The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities,” including two in the top 20: Howard Stern, whose SiriuxXM show garnered him $90 million; and Premiere’s Rush Limbaugh, who pocketed $84.5 million.
“There’s never been a better time to be famous. The world’s 100 top-earning entertainers pulled in a combined $6.3 billion pretax over the past 12 months, up 22% from last year,” Forbes wrote. In addition, 11 stars crossed the $100 million threshold, more than double the number from the last two years combined.
Topping the list were Floyd Mayweather ($285M), George Clooney ($239M), Kylie Jenner ($166.5M), Judge Judy Sheindlin ($147M) and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($124M).
Other radio broadcasters on the list are the multi-platform Ryan Seacrest, KIIS-FM’s morning man, with $74 million; Premiere’s Steve Harvey, at No. 63 with $44 million; and Sean Hannity, with both Premiere and Fox, at No. 92, banking $36 million for 2018.
The Forbes Celebrity 100 ranks stars around the globe using pretax earnings from June 1, 2017 through June 1, 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Forbes figures are based on numbers from Nielsen, Pollstar, IMDB, SoundScan, NPD BookScan and comScore, as well as interviews with industry experts and many of the celebrities themselves.