Metallica and Guns N Roses are Among The Worlds Highest-Paid Celebrities According to Forbes

Forbes has released their annual list of the worlds highest-paid celebrities and on the strength of their massive grossing world tours, Metallica and Guns n Roses made the list. Metallica is back on the list after missing in 2018, ranked No. 21 this year with $65 million. GNR also failed to make the list last year but landed at No. 71 in 2019 with $44 million. The annual Celebrity 100 ranks the world’s highest-paid celebrities in music, sports, and entertainment according to what they made over the last 12 months. Sadly, Taylor Swift is still the highest-paid celebrity in the world, earning $185 million over the past year. Music industry trade magazine Pollstar recently named Metallica one of the top-earning hard rock and metal tours of the “2019 Midyear” reporting period, which covered the six-month range from November 22, 2018, to May 22, 2019. The ongoing “WorldWired” trek continued to be a hot ticket, as the group’s 21 North American arena shows during the reporting period grossed a total of $41.7 million, good for an average per-show gross of $1.99 million. With an average attendance of more than 16,000, the band moved nearly 350,000 tickets altogether. Guns’ “Not In This Lifetime” tour is believed to be the second-highest-grossing tour of all time, having generated more than $500 million since it began three years ago. The trek began in April 2016, and after 159 shows in 41 countries, it played its last date at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 8, 2018. 

Forbes Highest-Paid Celebrities

Rank Name Age Earnings Category

#1 Taylor Swift 29 $185 M Musicians

#2 Kylie Jenner 21 $170 M Personalities

#3 Kanye West 42 $150 M Musicians

#4 Lionel Messi 32 $127 M Athletes

#5 Ed Sheeran 28 $110 M Musicians

#6 C. Ronaldo 34 $109 M Athletes

#7 Neymar 27 $105 M Athletes

#8 The Eagles – $100 M Musicians

#9 Dr. Phil McGra w 68 $95 M Personalities

#10 Canelo Alvarez28 $94 M Athletes

#11 Roger Federer 37 $93.4 M Athletes

#12 Howard Stern 65 $93 M Personalities

#13 J.K. Rowling 53 $92 M Authors

#14 Russell Wilson 30 $89.5 M Athletes

#15 Dwayne Johnson 47 $89.4 M Actors

#16 Aaron Rodgers 35 $89.3 M Athletes

#17 LeBron James 34 $89 M Athletes

#18 Rush Limbaugh 68 $87 M Personalities

#19 Elton John 72 $84 M Musicians

#20 Jay-Z 49 $81 M Musicians

#20 Beyoncé Knowles 37 $81 M Musicians

#22 Ellen DeGeneres 61 $80.5 M Personalities

#23 Stephen Curry 31 $79.8 M Athletes

#24 Chris Hemsworth $76.4 M Actors

#25 Drake 132 $75 M Musicians

#26 Kim Kardashian West 38$72 M Personalities

#27 Ryan Seacrest 44 $71.5 M Personalities

#28 Sean Combs 49 $70 M Musicians

#28 James Patterson72 $70 M Authors

#30 Metallica – $68.5 M Musicians

#31 Robert Downey Jr.54 $66 M Actors

#32 Kevin Durant 30 $65.4 M Athletes

#33 Akshay Kumar 51 $65 M Actors

#34 Tiger Woods 43 $63.9 M Athletes

#35 Gordon Ramsay 52 $63 M Personalities

#36 Rihanna 31 $62 M Musicians

#37 David Copperfield 62 $60 M Magicians

#38 Kevin Hart 40 $59 M Comedians

#39 Jackie Chan 65 $58 M Actors

#39 Travis Scott 28 $58 M Musicians

#41 Katy Perry 34 $57.5 M Musicians

#41 Justin Timberlake38 $57.5 M Musicians

#43 BTS – $57 M Musicians

#43 Bradley Cooper 44 $57 M Actors

#43 Pink 39 $57 M Musicians

#43 Adam Sandler 52 $57 M Actors

#47 Scarlett Johansson34 $56 M Actresses

#48 Ben Roethlisberger37 $55.5 M Athletes

#49 Lewis Hamilton34 $55 M Athletes

#49 Anthony Joshua- $55 M Athletes

#49 Khalil Mack 28 $55 M Athletes

#52 Russell Westbrook30 $53.7 M Athletes

#53 Billy Joel 70 $52 M Musicians

#54 Bruno Mars33 $51.5 M Musicians

#55 Novak Djokovic32 $50.6 M Athletes

#55 Mike Trout 27 $50.6 M Athletes

#57 Jimmy Buffett 72 $50 M Musicians

#57 Eminem 46 $50 M Musicians

#59 Fleetwood Mac -$49 M Musicians

#59 Judy Sheindlin 76 $49 M Personalities

#61 Phil Mickelson 49 $48.4 M Athletes

#62 Ariana Grande 26 $48 M Musicians

#62 Paul McCartney77 $48 M Musicians

#64 James Harden 29 $47.7 M Athletes

#65 Conor McGregor30 $47 M Athletes

#66 DeMarcus Lawrence27 $46.9 M Athletes

#67 Sean Hannity 57 $46 M Personalities

#67 The Chainsmokers -$46 M Musicians

#69 Steve Harvey 62 $45 M Personalities

#70 Bryce Harper 26 $44.5 M Athletes

#71 Guns N’ Roses – $44 M Musicians

#72 Chris Paul 34 $43.8 M Athletes

#73 Chris Evans – $43.5 M Actors

#74 Kyrie Irving 27 $43.3 M Athletes

#75 G. Antetokounmpo24 $43.2 M Athletes

#76 Jennifer Lopez 49 $43 M Musicians

#76 Sofía Vergara 47 $43 M Television actresses

#78 Luke Bryan 42 $42.5 M Musicians

#79 Drew Brees 40 $42.4 M Athletes

#80 Simon Cowell 59 $42 M Personalities

#81 Aaron Donald 28 $41.4 M Athletes

#82 Damian Lillard 28 $41.1 M Athletes

#83 Paul Rudd – $41 M Actors

#83 Jerry Seinfeld 65 $41 M Comedians

#83 Rolling Stones – $41 M Musicians

#86 Sebastian Vettel32 $40.3 M Athletes

#87 DJ Khaled 43 $40 M Musicians

#87 Marshmello 27 $40 M Musicians

#87 The Weeknd 29 $40 M Musicians

#90 Lady Gaga 33 $39.5 M Musicians

#91 Blake Griffin 30 $39.1 M Athletes

#92 Dave Matthews Band -$39 M Musicians

#92 Rory McIlroy 30 $39 M Athletes

#94 Paul George 29 $38.6 M Athletes

#95 Zac Brown Band $38.5 M Musicians

#95 Calvin Harris 35 $38.5 M Musicians

#95 Kendrick Lamar $38.5 M Musicians

#98 Brandin Cooks 25 $38 M Athletes

#98 Shawn Mendes 20$38 M Musicians

#100 Celine Dion 51 $37.5 M Musicians