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Sean 'Diddy' Combs tops Forbes list of world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities

Forbes magazine says Sean 'Diddy' Combs brought in

Forbes magazine says Sean 'Diddy' Combs brought in $130 million from June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017, making him the highest-paid entertainer. Credit: Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Hip-hop mogul Sean Combs tops Forbes magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities.

The magazine said Monday that the enduring hip-hop artist and entrepreneur, 47, jumped from No. 22 on last year’s list, earning $130 million not only from his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and a partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, but also from the $70 million sale of one-third of his Sean John fashion label.

At No. 2 is another musician, one of four in the top 10. Beyoncé ($105 million), 35, leapt from No. 34 due primarily to her album “Lemonade” and its accompanying Formation World Tour. Drake, 30, hit No. 4 ($94 million), due to streaming sales, his Boy Meets World Tour and partnerships with Apple, Sprite and Nike. Singer The Weeknd, 27, was No. 6 ($92 million) and the band Coldplay was No. 8 ($88 million).

The list’s top author was J.K. Rowling, 51, at No. 3 ($95 million), back on the list after three years. Her West End stage drama “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is sold out for the rest of this year and a good part of the next, and the book of the play sold millions. This past year also saw a new Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios as well as the film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which earned over $814 million worldwide on a budget of $180 million. The top 10’s only other author, novelist James Patterson, 70, dropped from No. 3 to No. 9 ($87 million).

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, at No. 5 ($93 million) and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, also 32, at No. 10 ($86 million) are the highest-earning athletes. The top media personality is the Roosevelt- and Rockville Centre-raised Howard Stern, 63, at No. 7 ($90 million).

Other Long Island stars on the list are Massapequa-reared Jerry Seinfeld, 63, tied with Adele at No. 18, with $69 million from sources including live performances, an upcoming Netflix special, his ongoing Crackle series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and Hulu’s streaming of “Seinfeld.” At $37.5 million, Rockville Centre’s Amy Schumer, 36, reaches No. 69 thanks to, in part Bud Light and Old Navy endorsements, a Netflix comedy special and her hit memoir. And music icon Billy Joel, 68, raised in Hicksville, is at No. 82 with $35 million, a half-century into his career.

Last year’s top earner, singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, 27, dropped to No. 49 ($44 million) following the conclusion of her blockbuster 1989 World Tour.

Forbes estimates pretax dollars earned from June 2016 to June 2017, using data from Nielsen, NPD, BookScan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie and IMDb, as well as interviews with industry figures.

TOP 10

1. Diddy, $130 million - musician

2. Beyoncé, $105 million - musician

3. J.K. Rowling, $95 million - author

4. Drake, $94 million - musician

5. Cristiano Ronaldo, $93 million - athlete

6. The Weeknd, $92 million - musician

7. Howard Stern, $90 million - media personality

8. Coldplay, $88 million - musicians

9. James Patterson, $87 million - author

10. LeBron James, $86 million - athlete

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