Combs is world's top-paid entertainer

Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Sean “Diddy” Combs.

LOS ANGELES • Rapper-turned- businessman Sean "Diddy" Combs was named the world's highest-paid entertainer on Monday, ousting singer Taylor Swift, who fell to 49th place on the annual Forbes list.

Singer Beyonce, 35, came in second with US$105 million (S$145 million) after her best-selling Lemonade album and world tour, while author J.K. Rowling, 51, was back in the top three with US$95 million, thanks largely to her Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

Combs, 47, earned an estimated US$130 million in the 12 months that ended on June 1, of which US$70 million came from selling a one-third stake in his Sean John clothing line, Forbes said. Even though he has released little music in the past decade, he headlined a Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour last year with other artists on his label.

He was 22nd on last year's list, which Swift, 27, topped with US$170 million, after her bestselling 1989 album and world tour.

This year, the pop star, with no new album or tour, saw her pay cheque dip to US$44 million, Forbes estimated.

The few Asian celebrities on the list included Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan, 63, at No. 39 with US$49 million; and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, 51, at No. 65 with US$38 million.

Newcomers this year included comedian Steve Harvey, 60, at No. 53 with US$42.5 million; and model and reality television star Kylie Jenner, 19, at No. 59 with US$41 million.

Forbes compiles the list by estimating pre-tax earnings, deducting fees for managers, collecting data from TV ratings company Nielsen, music trade publication Pollstar and movie database IMDb, and interviewing industry experts and celebrities themselves.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2017, with the headline 'Combs is world's top-paid entertainer'. Print Edition | Subscribe