‘Money’ Mayweather Tops Celebrity Pay List

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Manny Pacquiao

The US boxer earned $300m (£190m) in the past year, mostly due to his fight against Manny Pacquiao, says Forbes.

CHAMPION boxer Floyd Mayweather has lived up to his nickname “Money” as he was named the world’s highest-paid celebrity.

The US sports star earned an estimated $300m (£190m) in the past year, mostly due to last month’s fight against Manny Pacquiao which experts have called the richest boxing match in history.

Mayweather, who won the Las Vegas bout by a unanimous decision, also became the highest-earning athlete ever, beating the previous record held by Tiger Woods who made $115m (£73m) in 2008.

Filipino Pacquiao was second in the Forbes top 100 list, bringing in $160m (£101m) over the past 12 months.

Their final earnings from the 2 May bout have not yet been disclosed but there were a record 4.4 million pay-per-view subscriptions for the fight and media coverage of it around the world.
US singer Katy Perry was third on the list with $135m (£85m), helped by her Prismatic World Tour.

She played 124 shows during the past year, 75 of them abroad in 27 different countries.

According to her managers, 60% of her income now comes from foreign markets, reported Forbes.

Perry was followed by British boy band One Direction with $130m (£82m) and TV and radio host Howard Stern with $95m (£60m).

Country music star Garth Brooks was number six with $90m (£57m), while pop singer Taylor Swift tied for eighth place with actor Robert Downey Jr on $80m (£50m).
British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at number 21 with $60m (£38m) was the highest earning chef ever on the list.

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who earned $28m (£17m) in the previous list, nearly doubled her earnings to an estimated $52.5m (£33.3m), according to Forbes.

Kardashian was placed just above Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence who was number 34 with $52m (£33m).

Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson, number 65 with $35.5m (£22.5m), were the only two film actresses to make the 100 list, compared to 14 male movie stars.

Forbes compiled its list by estimating stars’ pre-tax earnings from 1 June, 2014 to 1 June, 2015. Management, agent and lawyer fees were not deducted. – Skynews.