Kylie Jenner Is The Most Paid Celebrity Of 2020, Followed By Family Members


| LAST UPDATE 12/17/2020

By Mahlik Campbell
Kylie Jenner
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While she had a generous head-start, Kylie Jenner's come-up as a businesswoman is still quite the feat. In fact, she was named the highest-earning celeb of the year, beating out her brother-in-law Kanye West by more than $400 million.

Fueled by the sale of her cosmetics brand to the beauty conglomerate Coty in Nov. 2019 for a reported $600 million, Forbes has crowned Kylie Jenner the highest-paid celeb of 2020 at $590 million before taxes.

The 23-year-old is the only woman who made the top 10. (You may recall earlier this year that Forbes published a story questioning Kylie's billionaire status.) The next wealthiest woman on the list is Ellen DeGeneres ($84 mil) followed by Ariana Grande ($72 mil).

Hmm. Forbes also noted that only two female actresses made the cut, Sofia Vergara at #71 and Angelina Jolie at #99, and their combined earnings of $78.5 million are $467 million less than what the male actors tallied.

Kanye West is the runner-up at $170 million, with his Adidas line stuffing his pockets. Three international athletes come after in Roger Federer ($106.3 mil), Cristiano Ronaldo ($150 mil) and Lionel Messi ($104 mil). 


Other highlights from the top 10 include Tyler Perry ($97 mil), LeBron James ($88.2 mil) and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ($87.5 mil).

Deeper in the breakdown are familiar faces like Stephen Curry at #16, Kevin Durant at #24, Post Malone at #28, Diddy at #37, JAY-Z at #42, Kim Kardashian West at #48, Drake at #49 and James Harden at #54.

Something to think about: Even with the coronavirus, the richest 100 celebs only lost out on a total of $200 million compared to last year. That relatively small drop from $6.3 billion to $6.1 billion reflects the much larger issue of wealth inequality.

USA Today recently shared that billionaires in America – most of whom don't walk red carpets – saw their net worth jump by a collective $931 billion during the pandemic.