Highest-Paid Celeb Can Thank Vodka for the Honor

Diddy tops 'Forbes' annual list
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2017 3:40 PM CDT
In this Aug. 28, 2016, file photo, Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The highest-paid celebrity on Forbes' 2017 list managed to beat out Beyonce for the top spot—and he has vodka to thank for it. Sean "Diddy" Combs tops this year's annual list, having raked in $130 million pre-tax between June 2016 and June 2017. That's partially due to his partnership with Diageo Ciroc vodka, but there was also his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and his $70 million sale of one-third of his Sean John clothing line. The rest of the top 10:

  1. Beyonce: She brought in $105 million, the second-largest yearly amount of her career.
  2. JK Rowling: $95 million

  1. Drake: $94 million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo: $93 million
  3. The Weeknd: $92 million
  4. Howard Stern: $90 million
  5. Coldplay: $88 million
  6. James Patterson: $87 million
  7. LeBron James: $86 million
Click for the full top 100—which doesn't include any female movie stars, but does include Kylie Jenner. (Read more Diddy stories.)

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