Mayweather, Pacquiao top Forbes' highest-paid celeb list

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  • Wednesday, 01 Jul 2015

Superstar boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are flush with cash, according to Forbes, making them the richest athletes and celebrities on the planet. Photo: AFP

Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao topped Forbes list of the world's 100 highest-paid celebrities on June 29, on the heels of their lucrative clash in Las Vegas last month.

With an estimated

RM1bil (US$300mil) in earnings over the past 12 months, Mayweather more than lived up to his nickname "Money" and was the undisputed champion. Pacquiao was second, making RM604mil (US$160mil) over the past 12 months.

Their final earnings from the May 2 bout, which Mayweather won by unanimous decision, have not yet been disclosed, but Forbes' estimates were based on what experts have described as the richest fight in boxing history.

"His (Mayweather's) RM1bil shattered the record for athlete earnings, which was previously held by Tiger Woods who managed to bank RM434mil (US$115mil) in 2008," Natalie Robehmed, of Forbes, said in an interview. "It is above and beyond anything anyone has ever done."

Singer Katy Perry's massive Prismatic World Tour helped her nab third place with RM510mil (US$135mil), followed by British boy band One Direction with RM491mil (US$130mil) and TV and radio host Howard Stern with RM359 (US$95mil).

Musicians and athletes dominated the top 10 spots which included only two women.

Country music star Garth Brooks was No. 6 with RM340mil (US$90mil), while pop singer Taylor Swift tied for No. 8 with actor Robert Downey Jr. with RM302mil (US$80mil).

Forbes compiled its annual list of the most powerful celebrities from the worlds of sports, television, music and books by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2014 to June, 1 2015. Management, agent and attorney fees were not deducted.

Kim Kardashian doubled her earnings this year through her iPhone game. Photo: AFP</p><p>
Kim Kardashian's iPhone game helped put her at No. 33 on the Forbes highest-paid celebs list. Photo: AFP

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who earned RM106mil (US$28mil) in the previous list, nearly doubled her earnings to an estimated RM198mil (US$52.5mil), according to Forbes.

"I personally think she has been able to monetize fame better than anybody else," said Robehmed. "A large percentage of her earnings come from her iPhone game."

Kardashian placed just above Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence who was No. 34 with RM196mil (US$52mil). Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson, No. 65 with RM134mil (US$35.5mil), are the only two film actresses to make the 100 list, compared to 14 male movie stars.

"I think that really speaks to the wider Hollywood pay gap. It is a lot more difficult for women to get the kind of roles that they would earn massive profits on the back end of in comparison to male actors," said Robehmed.

British celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at No. 21 with RM226.5mil (US$60mil) was the highest earning chef ever on the list, which included 38 musicians, 29 athletes, six personalities and two comedians. – REUTERS/Patricia Reaney


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