The 10 highest-paid entertainers in the world in 2022, according to Forbes

It pays to be famous.

Forbes just dropped their list of the 10 highest-paid entertainers in the world in 2022.

Music icon Taylor Swift is the only woman on the list, and she joins fellow solo acts Bad Bunny and Sting and bands the Rolling Stones and Genesis.

The group of high earners also includes a number of filmmakers and TV creators, like the dynamic duos behind “The Simpsons” and “South Park.”

The top earners in 2022 collected about $1.35 billion — just half as much as last year’s list, which boasted entertainers such as Kanye West, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen.

Here’s a list of 2022’s Top 10!

Forbes announced their list of the top 10 highest earners in the entertainment industry.
Forbes announced their list of the Top 10 highest earners in the entertainment industry.
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10. Bad Bunny ($88 million)

Bad Bunny
Bad Bunny
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The Puerto Rican rapper sold over $400 million worth of tickets from his two tours, El Último Tour del Mundo and the World’s Hottest Tour.

The “Bullet Train” actor also secured endorsement deals with brands such as Corona, Cheetos and Adidas.

9. Taylor Swift ($92 million)

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Taylor Swift
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Despite the country-pop superstar’s successful “Midnights” album, which made her the first artist in history to snag the Top 10 spots of the Billboard Hot 100 list simulatneously, most of her $92 million comes from her back catalog of songs released in past years.

Swift has been on the highest-earners list six times in the past, topped the list in 2019 and remains the only woman on the list.

8. James Cameron ($95 million)

James Cameron
James Cameron
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The director received at least $95 million from his film “Avatar: The Way of Water.”

Cameron is one of the highest-grossing directors of all time, having been at the helm of 1997’s “Titanic” and 2009’s “Avatar.”

7. The Rolling Stones ($98 million)

Mick Jagger, of the Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones made over $8.5 million per night on their European tour last year, called Sixty, where the band played 15 cities around the continent.

6. Brad Pitt ($100 million)

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
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In 2022, the Oscar winner starred in flicks such as “Bullet Train,” “Babylon” and “The Lost City.”

He also earned about $113 million after cashing in on fees from a deal he made in December where he sold a majority of his production company, Plan B Entertainment, to Mediawan.

5. James L. Brooks and Matt Groening ($105 million)

James L. Brooks and Matt Groening
James L. Brooks and Matt Groening

The creators of the hit animated comedy “The Simpsons” earned over $100 million last year.

More than 700 episodes have been produced since the sitcom’s premiere in 1989. In 2019, all the show’s seasons made the transition from FX to Disney+, which gave the pair a previously unreported $105 million annually, according to Forbes.

4. Trey Parker and Matt Stone ($160 million)

Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Matt Stone and Trey Parker
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The “South Park” creators pocketed $160 million due to a contract they signed with Paramount+ in 2021.

The exclusive deal will earn them $935 million over a six-year period. The collaboration also allowed Parker and Stone to create 14 original “South Park” films for the streaming service.

3. Tyler Perry ($175 million)

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
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The multi-hyphenate actor, writer, director and producer was swimming in green due to the backlot sets he owns in Atlanta, as well as the multitude of projects he created for BET. Perry is the richest celeb on the list, with an estimated fortune of $1 billion.

2. Sting ($210 million)


The musician and his band the Police sold their music catalog — as well as his own solo discography — to Universal Music Group in 2022. The frontman pocketed $300 million before fees from the sale.

1. Genesis ($230 million)

Phil Collins
Genesis frontman Phil Collins
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Frontman Phil Collins and his music group sold the rights to a piece of their song catalog to Concord Music Group in September for $300 million.

The contract also included several of Collins’ solo efforts, including his hit song “In the Air Tonight.”

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