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Kaching! Beyoncé Falls While Kim Kardashian Rises as Forbes Releases its 100 Top-Earning Celebrities of 2015



Forbes 100 Top Earning Celebrities - BellaNaija - June 2015


If you are a fan of these foreign celebs, you might want to sit down for this.

Forbes has released its list of the 100 Top-Earning Celebrities of 2015, and it’s got one of the top earners – Katy Perry as it’s cover girl. With the likes of Beyoncé, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, Taylor Swift, One Direction and more on its list, you can only wonder who beat who in the battle of the money makers.

No surprise here, Floyd Mayweather is at the top of the list with $300 Million, just ahead of his fellow boxing champ Manny Pacquiao with $160 Million. Katy Perry drops in at No. 3 with $130 Million and One Direction follows with $130 Million.

Sad news for Beyoncé fans as the Queen B has been dethroned, and dropped to the 29th spot. Kim Kardashian West however has worked her way up the money ladder from the 88th position last year, and sits comfy in the 33rd position for 2015.

See the Top 10 List below;

1. Floyd Mayweather ($300 million)
2. Manny Pacquiao ($160 million)
3. Katy Perry ($130 million)
4. One Direction ($130 million)
5. Howard Stern ($95 million)
6. Garth Brooks ($90 million)
7. James Patterson ($89 million)
8. Robert Downey Jr. ($80 million)
9. Taylor Swift ($80 million)
10. Cristiano Ronaldo ($79.5 million)

Check out to find out who else made the list and who didn’t; and who the highest paid couples are.

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  1. BlueEyed

    June 29, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Yuss!! Ms Katy Perry getting paper… Beyoncé’s defense she hasn’t done quite much in the past one year. And Ms West upping her game was inevitable, the past one year she was everywhere lol!

  2. cray

    June 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Why are you pitting women against each other? They aren’t even in the same field. Or you probably just want us to click. Better yet compare them with people in their respective field.
    Beyonce didn’t tour. No new music. Just sitting on her arse, instagramming and vacationing. Kim worked tirelessly., made over 50 appearances in clubs and made less(of course its big but I’m making a fair comparison now).
    But the elephant in the room is really kanye and rihanna. Rihanna had new music from her new album out and the Dior endorsement together with all the magazine covers(which must have been promo for something) but still did not make enough. And kanye…. *sigh*

  3. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    bellanaija this ur headline, you’re looking for trouble oh. what is the meaning of
    ” Beyoncé Falls While Kim Kardashian
    Rises ”

    are u trying to compare them together.
    let me remind u
    20 grammy awards (all of beyonce’s solo albums have won grammys)
    5 no 1 songs on the billboard hot 100 chart
    5 number 1 albums.consecutively
    has 2 stars on the hollywood walk of fame. one with Destiny’s child and one solo one.
    2 time golden globe nominations for her role in dream girls.


    kim kardashian
    one boring sex tape. I couldn’t even watch it without fast forwarding. so boring. so does not even know how to give good head. come let bruno teach u how to do it (licking lips)

    kim kardashian can never pass beyonce. kim kardashian is number 33 while beyonce is number 29 and she still has her dignity and pride unlike kim kardashian who lost hers long time ago.

  4. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    a black man is number 1, do u see white people complaining?
    now can we black people rest. if u want to be successful and rich, u can be, the white man is not holding u. so pls stop complaining and start working hard to achieve ur goals.

    next year taylor swift will be number 1 who wants to bet. this girl has fought and won 2 huge tech companies. don’t underestimate this girl. she’s very business oriented, forget that she writes break up songs about boys this girl is fierce.

    • polypoly

      June 29, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Taylor will be # gini??? tah, lets hear word…..Katy Perry doesn’t need all of Taylor’s PR stunts and she is still quietly banking…..gurl bye!! Taylor is very catty and am happy #badblood backfired. don’t mess with Katy Perry hunty, cos black, white, Asian, etc love her. Taylor on the hand is just too pretencious abeg.

      and what’s your own with black people though?? this is a list of entertainers and not for the entire black race, so please chill. be here commenting and tryna start BN wars, while ur fellow black men are making millions. ewu

    • EllesarisEllendil

      June 30, 2015 at 1:04 am

      Katy Perry does PR stunts too. Taylor Swift has more talent, more awards, more sales. I can’t even muster the mental energy to rebutt you properly seeing as I prefer country Taylor to the Pop version, but abeg don’t compare the two anybody with eyes knows Taylor is miles ahead.

    • EllesarisEllendil

      June 30, 2015 at 1:06 am

      BTW Bad Blood is Number 1. Might want to look up the meaning of “backfired”.

    • BlueEyed

      June 30, 2015 at 8:13 am

      @EllesarisEllendil okay the truth is both Taylor and Perry have immense success. One area Taylor has on lock down is album sales (1 million in the first week for her last three albums) including her Grammys whereas Perry owns the charts with at least 3 billboard number 1 songs in all her albums (she has more number 1 songs than swift ) and she has sold more singles, adding her recent 1 billion views (first female and 2nd artist) on YouTube,

    • chichi

      June 29, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      You better preach Bruno Fierce!
      In addition to this brilliant comment guys, just make sure you have a life first and that way you’ll have time to invest in yourself. Oh and remember: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss ppl (and sometimes, their achievements)
      Have a lovely evening guys 🙂

    • polypoly

      June 30, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      chichi – quite a comment….gurl bye!!! BN is a lifestyle blog (aka gossip blog) and you visited to comment…..gtfoh!!!

      @EllesarisEllendil – uhmmm, sweetie the “backfired: was in regards to the Katy Perry bashing she started. Bad Blood was about Katy Perry and the whole dancer fiasco. Taytay wanted to start a hate campaign and form “ms southern cutie pie” but we all saw wat her shady behind was doing and it backfired. Please go and read reviews for the Billboard awards video premiere and reviews of the actual video itself.
      I am well versed on the Billboard charts alright, and mind you Taylor is not a country act, she is a pop singer that was claiming country but the country stations don’t even play her music like that. Please visit Nashville and ask about taylor swift and u will get blank stares.
      Katy Perry is a better singer and the general public will agree. I have seen both live and taytay was a mess.

    • eyong

      June 30, 2015 at 4:39 am

      This comment is pretty ignorant. Infact, this has to be the most ignorant comment I’ve seen from you, and I’m usually a fan of your comments. -_-

  5. amy

    June 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    @bruno I support u on dis….the headline is not good at all…hate it wen people compare Kim to Beyonce…they are just two different people…one is a porn star,the other is a legend

  6. Hannah Kabab

    June 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Why would we be upset if a white man is no.1? :/ & no one is underestimating Taylor Swift? Regardless of whether you like her or not, you give credit where credit is due! The girl in incredible talented and a business genius!

  7. fatusankoh

    June 29, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Omg how sad you haters are out of your mind please stope comparing talented queen bey to Kim you haters will try all your might to down queen bey but thank god you haters are not

  8. Present Glory

    June 29, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    How has Beyonce been dethroned when she worked for only 2 months in a whole year touring with her hubby , and still made 54 million, dollars. Where is the sad news at? Katy was on a worldwide tour throughout the time period and she still is on tour, as for Kim, i have no words cos she is not my cup of tea. Why is she even been compared with Beyonce?.

    • Below average

      June 30, 2015 at 12:26 am

      Lol BN is just like most nigerian women who look up to kim. There is literally not a single girl in Lagos who doesn’t try to look exactly like her. So boring

      How can you compare THE biggest black artist in the world with a pornstar? Don’t be ridiculous. Try working for just two months in a year and see how much you’ll earn …I hate this Forbes list for announcing people’s incomes.

  9. Mostest

    June 30, 2015 at 12:18 am

    So people are still watching Kim’s sex tape, 8 years after. 50m in one year is not bad for a sex tape ho with no talent. She actually the most only one on the list with no talent and famous for nothing. How is she doing it? Just by posing naked?

    • zibaintl

      June 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

      so she has no talent yet making money…u dat hv talent,..i hope ur talent has made u wealthier dan kim

  10. Godsangel

    June 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Who says Kim got no talent….despite the fact she loves nudity, she acts like everyone of us cos this life is a stage…and she is rich

  11. Amazing

    June 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Amazing how we have details of the history and lives of these “celebs’ whilst knowing nothing worth knowing substantially… tsk tsk.

  12. Diesel

    June 30, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    My question is are we saying that people doing business re to go and die bcos they re not Tiwa savage or 2face, bcos I don’t get all this she got no talent thing. Dangote does business and he is successful should he feel less than a man bcos he is not Micheal Jackson??? To all of u that owns a boutique out there pls be reminded that u are in the same line of business as Kim K so where is ur talent ooo

  13. mey

    June 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    That’s a false report..Beyonce is on the 29th position while Kim..33rd..

  14. mabel

    July 8, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    But why are you upset? Beyonce moved down to 29 and Kim moved up to 33 so why all these sermons? Whether somebody toured the whole year and the other for one day is not our business. Somebody moved up and the other moved down. Simple.

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