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The 10 Highest-Paid Celebrities in the World

Highest-Paid Celebrities List 2015

Floyd Mayweather’s hotly anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao might have been one of the biggest let-downs the boxing world has ever seen, but it was more than enough to make him the highest-paid celebrity of the past 12 months. His opponent’s massive payday lands him in the No. 2 spot, followed by Katy Perry, One Direction’s collective earnings, and Howard Stern in the No. 5 spot.

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Each year, Forbes puts together a list of the highest-paid celebrities over the trailing 12 months. This year’s list just came out, and it has some shockingly big numbers on it.

Mayweather pulled in $300 million over the past 12 months, according to the list. Pacquiao’s $160 million was good for the No. 2 spot, and Katy Perry’s $135 million edges out One Direction’s $130 million. 61-year-old radio host Howard Stern reportedly earned $95 million in the past 12 months.

The $90 million No. 6 spot is held by country legend Garth Brooks, and he’s trailed by author James Patterson with $89 million, actor Robert Downey Jr. and singer Taylor Swift with $80 million apiece, and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who earned $79.5 million over the past 12 months.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.