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These are the highest paid European celebrities

17th Oct 17 9:37 am

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Forbes has just revealed a list of the highest paid celebrities in Europe. Here’s who’s richest of them all:

Forbes: Highest-Paid European Celebrities 2017

1. JK Rowling (UK; $95M)

2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal; $93M)

3. Coldplay (UK; $88M)

4. Adele (UK; $69M)

5. Roger Federer (Switzerland; $64M)

6=Elton John (UK; $60M)

6=Gordon Ramsey (UK; $60M)

7. Paul McCartney (UK; $54M)

8. Rory McIlroy (UK; $50M)

9. Calvin Harris (UK; $48.5M)

10. Lewis Hamilton (UK; $46M)

11. Simon Cowell (UK; $43.5M)

12. Tiesto (Netherlands, $39M)

13. Sebastian Vettel (Germany; $38.5M)

14. Novak Djokovic (Serbia; $37.6M)

15. Ed Sheeran (UK; $37M)

16. Fernando Alonso (Spain; $36M)

18= Gareth Bale (UK; $34M)

18=  Conor McGregor (Ireland; $34M)

20. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden; $32M)


  • One-fifth of this year’s Celebrity 100 list members hail from Europe.
  • Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling leads the pack with $95 million, earned over 12 months, before taxes and management fees, by FORBES’ estimate. Rowling, the highest-paid author in the world, also placed third on our list of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.
  • Only two women number among the 20 highest-paid European entertainers, reflecting the overall gender disparity of the Celebrity 100, which is 84% male. British songstress Adele (No. 4, $69 million) is the only woman among the European ranks asides from Rowling.
  • The 20 highest-paid European celebrities earned $1.06 billion combined in 12 months before taxes and management fees.
  • Twelve of these European entertainers are from the U.K, including television personalities Gordon Ramsey (No. 6, $60 million) and Simon Cowell (No. 12, $43.5 million). Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland each claim one entry.
  • Professional athletes account for half with three footballers, three racing drivers, two tennis players, one golfer and one mixed martial artist.

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