Ed Sheeran has been named the highest-earning solo musician on Forbes new Highest-Paid Celebrities rich list amidst claims of him being sued for stealing parts of Marvin Gayes song.
The 27-year-old has been accused of stealing from the song ‘Lets Get It On’ but that has not stopped him from take home more than $110 million (Ksh 11,038,545,269) over the past year, according to the publication.
And although the top earning solo act, the Shape Of You hit maker only placed ninth on the list – coming in behind fellow UK musicians U2 and Cold play, it was still quite a jump for Ed, progressing 62 places since last year’s figures.
Katy Perry, 33, was crowned the highest earning female, coming in at number 19 and cashing in $83 million (Ksh83,290,841) with her former rival Taylor Swift, 28, placed two spots below her at number 21, earning $80 million(Ksh 80,280,329,23)
It is assumed the Bad Blood singer’s place will soar in next year’s calculations, with the star spending 2018 on her Reputation Stadium World Tour.
UK superstar Adele, 30, placed at 29, with an earning of $69 million(Ksh69,241,783) ,The Hello singer’s hero Beyoncé Knowles, 36, came in six places after her with $60 million(Ksh 60,210,2460. And keeping it in the family, her husband Jay Z, 48, earned $76.5 (Ksh77,269,816.88) million – making the Carter family’s total $136.5 million(Ksh 137,480,063.81).
And while many tipped a Hollywood actor or songstress would top this year’s list – it was none other than professional boxer Floyd Mayweather.
The athlete, 41, cashed in $285 million (Ksh285,998,672.8) with his defeated opponent Conor McGregor, 30, placing number 12 with $99 million(Ksh99,346,907.4)
The pair’s August 2017 fight generated more than $550 million (Ksh 551,927,263.)in overall revenue.
Hollywood star George Clooney, 57, placed second – although his earnings were largely down to the sale of Casamigos, the tequila company he co-founded with Rande Gerber.
The actor and new father – who did not appear on the top 100 list last year – is said to have taken home $239 (Ksh239,837,484) million, and Forbes has said it is the most he has ever earned annually in his career so far.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and beauty mogul Kylie Jenner’s, 20, made $166.5 million(Ksh167,585,187) over the past year.
Her impressive figures put the youngest list maker in third place – a significant jump from her first time at 59 last year.
The list makes Kylie officially the highest earning from the Kardashian-Jenner brood, with half sister Kim Kardashian West 30 places behind at 33.
The KKW Beauty entrepreneur earned $67 (Ksh67,234,776) million over the past year and was the only Kardashian to make the cut.
However, momager Kris Jenner, 62, did sneak in with $37.5 (Ksh 38,133,156) million at number 84 – a place likely due to her 10% commission she makes from all her six children.
Others in the top 10 of the Celebrity 100 included Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who earned $124 million, and the lovable Judge Judy star Judy Sheindlin, 75, who cashed in $174(Ksh174,609,716) million.
The Forbes Celebrity 100, which looks at stars all over the world, ranks “front of the camera” stars using their pre-tax earnings over 12 months until June 1 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents.