Lots Of Surprises As Forbes Names Its Top-Paid Entertainers Of The Year — Jay Z Didn’t Even Make Top 20

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Forbes just put out it’s Celebrity 100 list and it might not include who you think! Your standard fair of Beyonce, JK Rowling and Drake are on there, but you might be surprised at who did-and didn’t- make the cut.


Perhaps one of the most surprising entries, especially to hold the highest ranking spot, is Sean “P Diddy” Combs. This is Comb’s sixth year in a row in the top spot. Diddy told Forbes, when he made the list in 1999, “I ain’t foolin’ around… I’m building assets.” Sean Combs took the number one spot this year thanks to selling a third of his clothing line Sean John for $70 million. He also brought together a tour for the ages with the Bad Boy Reunion Tour, banking on that 90’s nostalgia. Diddy pulled in an annual income of $130 million.

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“I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry,” Beyonce assured Forbes in 2009. Well the hardest working woman in show business finds herself in the number 2 spot, this year. Thanks to a rigorous tour schedule and the release of her best musical triumph yet, Lemonade. She earned about $105 million last year. Forbes just reported that Jay and Bey are now officially a billion dollar couple, though Jay Z didn’t make it quite as high on the list this year.