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Jerry Seinfeld tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid comedians

American comedian, Jerry Seinfeld has emerged world’s highest-paid comedian ​,​earning 69 million dollars in one year.

The 63-year-old stand-up comedian and actor topped the list of 10 highest paid comedians released by Forbes Magazine on Friday.

​Forbes calculated the figures on the comedians’ pretax income from June 1, 2016, through June 1, 2017.

The magazine reported that a huge Netflix stand-up deal boosted Seinfeld’s bottom line to the whopping 69.0 million dollars.

Seinfeld’s pal Chris Rock is second on the list with a 57 million dollars, followed by Louis CK, who earned 52 million dollars.

Dave Chappelle and Amy Schumer round out the top five with 47 million dollars and 37.5 million dollars, respectively, while Sebastian Maniscalco is at the bottom of the list earning 15 million dollars.

Schumer​ ​was the first woman comic to crack the top 10 last year and remains the only woman on the list this year.

Kevin Hart, who was named the highest paid comedian in 2016, moved down to the sixth position with a 32.5 million dollars earning.

Forbes noted that massive deals for TV comedy specials, like 20 million dollars per-special contracts, that Rock and Seinfeld scored, are what bolstered the incomes of most of the top comedians.

Forbes added that it created its list based on revenue from touring, television and film projects and business and endorsement deals.

Top 10 list below​​:

  1. Jerry Seinfeld $69 million
  2. Chris Rock $57 million
  3. Louis CK $52 million
  4. Dave Chappelle $47 million
  5. Amy Schumer $37.5 million
  6. Kevin Hart $32.5 million
  7. Jim Gaffigan $30.5 million
  8. Terry Fator $18.5 million
  9. Jeff Dunham $15.5 million
  10. Sebastian Maniscalco $15 million

 

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.