JAY-Z, Kanye West Top Forbes' Highest-Paid Entertainers List
Forbes released their annual list of the highest-paid entertainment figures on Earth, and some big names in black culture made the list with some huge checks.
According to Forbes’ official list, Kanye West was reportedly the highest-paid male entertainer last year, and the third highest-paid overall with $170 million. This figure is likely due to his empire, Yeezy, which recently became a billion-dollar brand.
"I am currently the single highest paid person in footwear,” the rapper tweeted in 2018. “That means I make more money on shoes than Michael Jordan.”
Other notable figures who made the list include Russell Wilson ($89.5 million), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson ($89.4 million), JAY-Z and Beyonce (both reportedly made $81 million), LeBron James ($89 million) and many more.
Earlier this year, Forbes reported that JAY-Z is hip-hop’s first official billionaire, due to his lucrative liquor deals, investments, art collections, real estate, streaming services, record label and enviable catalogue of music.
Check out the full list here.