Highest Paid Celebrities

Celebrities live an envious life to many and are idolized by even more; especially if you are one of the highest paid celebrities in the world. Life can only get better when you earn as high as $170 million yearly.

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Here are our 2016 top 10 highest paid celebrities in the world; you would be surprised how young some of these millionaires are.

10. Rush Limbaugh

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Radio Personality
  • 2016 Earnings: $79 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 12 January 1951

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III is an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator. He currently lives in Palm Beach, Florida, where he broadcasts The Rush Limbaugh Show.

As of December 2015, Rush Limbaugh had an estimated cumulative weekly audience of around 13.25 million unique listeners (listening for at least five minutes), making it the most listened-to talk-radio program in the US.

9. Adele

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Musician
  • 2016 Earnings: $125 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 5 May 1988

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins is an English singer and songwriter, she graduated from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006. Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on MySpace the same year.

At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Adele released her second studio album, 21, in early 2011. The success of 21 earned Adele numerous mentions in the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2012, she released “Skyfall”, which she wrote and recorded for the James Bond film of the same name. The song won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

After taking a three-year break, Adele released her third studio album, 25, in 2015. It became the year’s best-selling album and broke first-week sales records in the UK and US. 25 was her second album to be certified Diamond in the US. The lead single, “Hello”, became the first song in the US to sell over one million digital copies within a week of its release.

8. Lionel Messi

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Athlete
  • 2016 Earnings: $81.5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 24 June 1987

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is a professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. Often considered the best player in the world and rated by many in the sports world as the greatest of all time, Messi is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or, four of which he won consecutively, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes.

With Barcelona, he has won eight La Liga titles and four UEFA Champions League titles, as well as 4 Copas del Rey.

7. Howard Stern

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Media Personality (Radio Host)
  • 2016 Earnings: $85 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 12 January 1954

Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. He is best known for his radio show “The Howard Stern Show”, which gained popularity when it was nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio from 1986 to 2005.

6. Kevin Hart

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Comedian/Actor
  • 2016 Earnings: $87.5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 6 July 1979

Kevin Darnell Hart is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hart began his career by winning several amateur comedy competitions at clubs throughout New England; leading to his first real break in 2000 when he was cast by Judd Apatow for a recurring role on the TV series Undeclared.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Athlete
  • 2016 Earnings: $88 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 5 February 1985

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a professional footballer who plays for Spanish club “Real Madrid” and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.

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In 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He then won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for his club and country.

4. Dr. Phil McGraw

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Personality
  • 2016 Earnings: $88 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 1 September 1950

Phillip Calvin McGraw is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. McGraw first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.

3. James Patterson

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Author
  • 2016 Earnings: $95 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 22 March 1947

James Brendan Patterson is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series. His books have sold more than 300 million copies and he holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to sell 1 million e-books.

2. One Direction

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Musicians
  • 2016 Earnings: $110 Million
  • Members: Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles & Louis Tomlinson

One Direction is an English-Irish pop boy band based in London. The group signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records after forming and finishing third in the seventh series of the British televised singing competition The X Factor in 2010.

Propelled to international success by social media, One Direction’s four albums, Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012), Midnight Memories (2013) and Four (2014) topped charts in most major markets, and generated hit singles including “What Makes You Beautiful”, “Live While We’re Young”, and “Story of My Life”. Their fifth studio album, Made in the A.M., was released in November 2015.

1. Taylor Swift

Highest Paid Celebrities

  • Career: Musician
  • 2016 Earnings: $170 Million
  • Date Of Birth: 13 December 1989

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer and songwriter. One of the most popular contemporary female recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received much media attention.

Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at age 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.