LOS ANGELES- American boxer Floyd Mayweather was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer on Monday on a list that saw actor George Clooney take the number two spot with the highest annual pay of his career.

After naming reality star Kylie Jenner, 20, as the youngest self made billionaire in the United States last week, she came in third on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list,  thanks to her booming cosmetics line.

Forbes created the list from estimating pre-tax earnings from June 2017-June 2018, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB, and interviews with industry experts and celebrities themselves.

Mayweather made $280 million during that period, greatly contributed to his comeback fight against MMA fighter Conor McGregor. While actor George Clooney earned $239 million after he sold Casamigos tequila company he co-founded to British spirits company Diageo in June 2017.

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, senior entertainment editor at Forbes, said in a statement, “There’s never been a more lucrative time to be famous than now, with 11 superstars earning $100 million or more over the past year,”

“Entertainers have found all sorts of new ways to monetize their audiences, especially with the help of social media,”

Top 10 Highest-Earning Celebrities:

2018 Rank Name Category Earnings 2017 Rank Country
1 Floyd Mayweather Athlete $285 mil Returnee USA
2 George Clooney Actor $239 mil Returnee USA
3 Kylie Jenner Personality $166.5 mil 59 USA
4 Judy Sheindlin Personality $147 mil 43 USA
5 Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Actor $124 mil 22 USA
6 U2 Musician $118 mil Returnee Ireland
7 Coldplay Musician $115 mil 8 UK
8 Lionel Messi Athlete $111 mil 14 Argentina
9 Ed Sheeran Musician $110 mil 71 UK
10 Cristiano Ronaldo Athlete $108 mil 5 Portugal

Photo Credit- Independent Newspapers Nigeria

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