Job & Salaries – Net Worth Post Celebrity Net Worth, Richest Celebrities, Biographies & Wiki Fri, 24 Nov 2017 12:24:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 138544766 The World’s Richest Self-Made Women Billionaires Sat, 02 Sep 2017 16:52:37 +0000 Contrary to popular belief, around three-quarters of today’s billionaires are actually self-made, and the percentage is growing, a complete reversal of the situation 50 years ago when statistics were first gathered, and proof if any were needed that hard work outweighs inherited wealth everytime. To put it another way, to maintain your net worth, you …

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Contrary to popular belief, around three-quarters of today’s billionaires are actually self-made, and the percentage is growing, a complete reversal of the situation 50 years ago when statistics were first gathered, and proof if any were needed that hard work outweighs inherited wealth everytime. To put it another way, to maintain your net worth, you need to move with the times, not just leave your money in the bank, so to speak – interest earns you little at the moment anyway. In fact, the actual number of billionaires who inherited their total wealth fell by 75% in that period – in raw figures, around 75 are no longer billionaires.

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However, perhaps unsurprisingly given that, until relatively recently, ‘the woman’s place was in the home’ even in western societies, the number of self-made women billionaires barely reaches double figures, and the richest doesn’t rank in the top 300. Surprisingly though, given cultural perceptions prevalent around the world, four of the top ten self-made women billionaires are Chinese including the richest, and three are currently resident in China. The rest are American.

The following is a list of the top 10 self-made women billionaires in the world, as of early 2016. Co-founders have not been included unless the company or organisation where they made their start was at zero. This is a snap-shot, as you would be aware that figures can change very rapidly when based on share market valuations.

10. Sara Blakely – $1 billion

Sara Blakely
  • Born: 27 February 1971, Clearwater, Florida, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Start in Business: 2000

With savings earned from previous jobs, Sara founded the hosiery company Spanx in 2000, partly out of personal need, registering patents too. Major stores soon took up her products, an endorsement from Oprah Winfrey helped, and Sara subsequently made her first billion in a little over 10 years. She is now also part owner of the Atlanta Hawks NBA team.

9. Tory Burch – $1.05 billion

Vanity Fair Party - 2013 Tribeca Film Festival
  • Born: 17 June 1966, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: New York City
  • Start in Business: 2004

Tory worked directly in fashion for such as Polo Ralph Lauren and for the fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar before launching her own designs. Oprah Winfrey was also delighted to endorse her, and she now has 160 Tory Burch stores worldwide, as well as merchandising through over 3,000 department stores. Several fashion awards have also come her way, and Forbes ranks her in the top 100 most powerful women in the world!

8. Sheryl Sandberg – $1.7 billion

Sheryl Sandberg
  • Born: 28 August 1969, Washington DC, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Menlo Park, California
  • Start in Business: 1995

Sheryl has been in management in one form or another all her working life, and is now the COO for Facebook which she joined in 2008. She is credited with developing the formal business side of Facebook, which has since seen it become one of the most profitable companies in the world, and herself a genuinely self-made billionaire from her efforts within the company. Her share options as part of salary should see her become very rich indeed within a few years.

7. Meg Whitman – $2.1 billion

Image:Hewlett Packard CEO and President Meg Whitman
  • Born: 4 August 1956, Cold Spring Harbour, New York State, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Palo Alto, California
  • Start in Business: 1979

Meg has worked for Proctor and Gamble, Bain & Company and the Walt Disney organisation – becoming vice-president in both – then for Stride Right, before becoming CEO of Florists’ Transworld Delivery. She subsequently joined eBay as CEO, overseeing its rise to power over 10 years. Currently she has been CEO of HP since 2011, apparently not so successfully, but her previous track record has seen her wealth deservedly grow to its present impressive level.

6. Xiu Li Hawken – $2.2 billion

Xiu Li Hawken
  • Born: 1962, Harbin, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: London, England
  • Start in Business: 1991

Xiu Li began as a journalist before moving into finance, she is the majority shareholder in Renhe Commercial Holdings which she joined in 1996, subsequently developing and operating malls across 15 Chinese cities. She has other investments in agriculture in China, but currently lives with her husband in London.

5. Oprah Winfrey – $3 billion

Oprah Winfrey
  • Born: 29 January 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Montecito, California
  • Start in Business: 1971

Always being a good talker, but orator as well, Oprah began her career on TV at the age of 17, and the rest is a history of one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time in the USA. Her own show began airing in 1986, and was ever popular until she retired in 2011. She was a millionaire at 32, and a billionaire at 35, with yearly earnings approaching $300 million, all of which was very rare for an Afro-American woman, which makes her achievements all the more laudable.

4. Zhang Xin – $3.7 billion

Soho China CEO Zhang Xin Interview
  • Born: 24 August 1965, Beijing, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: Beijing, China
  • Start in Business: 1992

Following scraping a living in Hong Kong to save enough for an education in the UK – eventually Master of Economics from Cambridge University – Zhang Xin was hired by Barings in Hong Kong, then by Goldman Sachs in New York, before returning to Beijing and founding SOHO. The company is now the largest developer of office buildings in Shanghai and Beijing, testimony to the clever, hard work of this lady who began with nothing, and now with her husband being described by London’s Times newspaper as ‘.. the most visible and flamboyant tycoons in China’.

3. Wu Yajun – $4.2 billion

Wu Yajun
  • Born: 1964, Chongqing, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: Beijing, China
  • Start in Business: 1984

A foundation in government administration, and cultivating business contacts enabled Wu with her husband to register what became Longfor Properties, in 1995. This investment holding company has interests across the major cities of China, in real estate, property development and management, with market capital approaching $9 billion, and almost 8,000 employees.

2. Elizabeth Holmes – $4.7 billion

Elizabeth Holmes
  • Born: 3 February 1984, Washington DC, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Palo Alto, California
  • Start in Business: 2003

Elizabeth’s yearning to ‘…discover something new…’ led her to a research project developing a blood-testing device using only a stick, not a vial of blood. There is still considerable discussion over the validity of the testing procedures, but in the meantime Elizabeth has around 20 US and over 60 non-US patents registered to her name, and her current wealth in early 2016 is estimated at half her company, Theranos’ value of over $9 billion.

1. Yang Huiyan – $5.1 billion

Yang Huiyan
  • Born: 20 July 1981, Guangdong, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: Foshan, China

The richest woman in Asia and youngest female billionaire, a relatively small gift from her father when she turned 25 has seen her invest heavily in real estate, through her majority share in Country Garden Holdings, but recent downturns in the Chinese economy have seen her wealth dwindle in the last few years. However, she is just 34, and informed speculation is that the Chinese economy still has a long way to go in its expansion.

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Endorsements can provide a significant boost to your Net Worth! Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:09:46 +0000 Celebrities – particularly those in entertainment, sport and modelling – usually earn salaries that the average person can only dream about, but for many apparently this isn’t enough. To be fair, many are constantly pestered by companies selling all sorts of consumer products, to use their name, voice and/or face in endorsing particularly popular lines …

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Celebrities – particularly those in entertainment, sport and modelling – usually earn salaries that the average person can only dream about, but for many apparently this isn’t enough. To be fair, many are constantly pestered by companies selling all sorts of consumer products, to use their name, voice and/or face in endorsing particularly popular lines on sale, sometimes with rewards in excess of their ‘day job’ salary, sometimes for just one showing, but often stretching for years and even for ‘life’.

Clearly the celebrities are on to a good thing, and judging by results identified in the following selected list of the more notable and interesting endorsement deals of all time, so are the respective companies, but what do you think?

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt’s deal
How would you like to be paid $4.5 million for appearing in a 60-second TV advert? Well, that was actor Brad Pitt’s deal with Heineken in 2005 – then, the American football Super Bowl is the most watched TV program of the year in the USA, so advertising slots during the show are famously expensive, but very widely viewed, so maybe the expense was worth it. Not content with that little earner, Brad Pitt was also paid $3 million by Cadillac, for advertising their product only in China!

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts1
A pretty face always attracts attention, so actress Julia Roberts endorsement of cosmetics marketed by Lancome should be a sure-fire winner, although costing the company $50 million over five years beginning in 2010.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron's
Likewise, actress Charlize Theron’s association with cosmetics producer Dior, worth $5 million a year to her since 2005, would seem to be an appropriate investment.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones
Another actress, Catherine Zeta Jones‘ endorsement of T-Mobile – her smiling face next to the ‘phone – at $20 million over five years from 2002, is difficult not to admire on both sides.

Robert Downey Jr.

Actor Robert Downey Jr.
Actor Robert Downey Jr accepted a deal with HTC in 2013 of $12 million for one year of ads to promote their smart-phones and tablets, which judging by the Taiwanese company’s success was also a shrewd arrangement for both.

50 Cent

50 Cent
The rap music genre has gained a considerable following in recent years, so when 50 Cent – already endorsing Reebok sports shoes – was identified by Glacéau Vitamin Water on an add with their drink, they quickly offered him a contract to develop Formula 50, and including shares in the company. Coca-Cola acquired the company in 2007 for $4.1 billion, of which 50 Cent received $100 million.

Beyonce and Jay-Z

Another rapper, Jay-Z spread his entrepreneurial wings to include an endorsement deal with Samsung worth $20 million, which together with his singer-wife Beyonce, whose contract with drink manufacturer Pepsi signed in 2012 and is worth $50 million over 10 years, makes the couple very well-off, thank you very much!

Jessica Simpson

Singer Jessica Simpson
Singer Jessica Simpson is also a pretty face which has been put to good use – as the ‘after’ face – by skin care company Proactiv in an endorsement worth $3 million over three years. Maybe not as rewarding as some others, but if both sides to the agreement are satisfied, who’s to say that the arrangement wont be renewed?

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson with Pepsi
One of the first and relatively most expensive deals was concluded by Michael Jackson with Pepsi in 1984, at $5 million for an indefinite period. However, Pepsi concluded a deal with Jackson’s estate in 2012 to continue using his profile on their drink cans.

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber
Just 16 at the time, what was it about nail polish that singer Justin Bieber would be interested in? Well maybe $12 million from OPI to advertise One Less Lonely Girl – named after his song – in 2010, a considerable contribution to the net worth of the young star.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake
McDonalds is one of THE company’s of the world for fast food, but apparently a music video by Justin Timberlake in 2003 for a fee of $6 million promoted Maccas to even greater heights.

George Clooney

George Clooney
George Clooney began promoting coffee maker Nespresso in 2005 for $5 million pa, and is still going strong, and not just in the cup or mug! George is certainly one of the most recognisable big-screen actors in the world these days, but  just switch-on your TV and you’ll see him on that too!

Nicole Kidman

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Australian actress Nicole Kidman would seem to fit in very well with perfume Chanel No 5 – in 2003 she featured in a film of just three minutes for $12 million which certainly did the product no harm at all, and further advertised the actress’ profile too.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian-West
It is difficult to know how to classify Kim Kardashian, who seems to be famous for just being famous, but her business acumen can’t be faulted. In 2014 she began sponsoring the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game with Glu Mobile for 45% of net profits. So far the game is estimated to have earned $85 million in less than two years, which makes her cut …….?

LeBron James

Lebron James1
Sports goods manufacturer Nike is one of the most profitable companies in the world, regardless of goods produced, so clearly their endorsement contracts work extremely well. Sports celebrities are actually also famous for their involvement in endorsements, none more so than Cleveland Cavaliers’ basketball star LeBron James, whose deal with Nike beginning in 2013 is worth $500 million ‘for life’, actually estimated to be $30 million pa.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan
Fellow (ex-)basketballer Michael Jordan has been associated with Nike since 1984, for an initial $500,000 plus royalties ad infinitum – the current estimate is that his cut from profits amounts to over $60 million pa, including from his own, separate Air Jordan shoe brand.

Maria Sharapova

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That top tennis player, Russian Maria Sharapova, is also attractive was obviously not lost on Nike, which in 2010 signed her to a $70 million eight-year endorsement contract, working out at a base $8.75 million per year, but she also receives a percentage of sales from her product line.

Dwyane Wade

Dwayne Wade
Another basketballer, Dwyane Wade, was signed by Chinese sports shoe manufacturer Li Ning in 2012 to a $100 million 10-year partnership, as the Miami Heat star is very popular in China. However, a change is marketing strategy and increased competition from Nike and Adidas has seen the company suffer considerable losses in recent years, even in its home country.

George Foreman

George Foreman
Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman has long been the face of the Salton kitchen appliance company, actually since the mid-90s for a 45% cut of the profits. However, in 1999 the brand had become so big that Salton bought Foreman out for $137.5 million, although he still appears in various advertising features to this day.

David Beckham

David Beckham, who Adidas
One of the most marketable sports personalities is now-retired English soccer star David Beckham, who Adidas had the foresight to sign to a $160 million lifetime arrangement in 2003, in a deal that saw him pocket $80 million up front, plus an estimated $20 million pa indefinitely.

So what do you think – are these endorsement arrangements justified from a business point of view, and who really profits the most – the company or the individual? Who else can you think of who may be worth recruiting, and by whom? Do let us know.

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The World’s Richest Self-Made Billionaires Tue, 03 Jan 2017 01:08:11 +0000 You will most probably be aware of who are – officially – the richest people in the world. However, you may not be aware that the majority of billionaires, over 1200 of the currently estimated 1500-plus billionaires around the world – in fact down from over 1800 in early 2015 because of falls in the …

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You will most probably be aware of who are – officially – the richest people in the world. However, you may not be aware that the majority of billionaires, over 1200 of the currently estimated 1500-plus billionaires around the world – in fact down from over 1800 in early 2015 because of falls in the stock market and the price of oil – are actually self-made; they did not begin their net worth-building with the benefit of a sizeable inheritance, or any other lump sum of money that gave them a head start in whatever business they were subsequently successful. Indeed, several started their climb up the financially profitable ladder with absolutely nothing, and from a very early age!

History is full of people who were self-made, becoming rich by fair means or foul – in many cases the latter – but the assumption today is that people with, to most of us, such a huge sum of money must have had a leg-up somehow; not so – research and development of, and demand for technological accessories is one big reason, world wide, so IT features prominently in the list. Since around 80% of billionaires are actually self-made, what are the rest of us waiting for!?

The following list comprises the richest in the self-made club, a snap-shot as of early 2016, acknowledging that the day-to-day volatility of share markets can have a significant effect on total wealth and therefore ranking; eg Mark Zuckerberg apparently gained over $6 billion on 27 January alone, while Carlos Slim went the other way! Perhaps unsurprisingly, 12 who make the list are either American-born or now American citizens, and no women make the top 20!

20. Phil Knight: $22 billion

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  • Born: 28 February 1938, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: La Quinta, California
  • Start in Business: 1962

Quickly switching from marketing Tiger sports-shoes to founding Nike in 1964, Phil ‘retired’ as CEO in 2006 to become Chairman until 2015 of one of the most profitable companies in the world. However, concurrently he became immersed in Laika (previously Vinto Studios), firstly as an investor and then CEO and Chairman, turning it into a successful film-making company today.

19. Steve Ballmer: $22.5 billion

Steve Ballmer

  • Born: 24 March 1956, Detroit, Michigan USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Washington State
  • Start in Business: 1978

To identify the source of Steve’s wealth, one only has to say that Steve was the very successful CEO of Microsoft from 2000-14, and remains the largest shareholder. However, he is still improving his net worth as the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team, which also enables him to indulge in his keen interest.

18. Carl Ichan: $23 billion

Carl Ichan1

  • Born: 16 February 1936, Queens, New York City, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: New York City
  • Start in Business: 1961

Carl began work as a ground-floor stockbroker, formed securities firm Icahn & Co in 1968, and subsequently Icahn Enterprises in 1987. He controls significant investments across many industries, including in Apple the value of which rose $8 billion in one day just from an Icahn comment! Other interests include PayPal, Xerox, and holding company Gannett. However, resource price declines saw Icahn’s wealth slip somewhat in 2015.

17. Leonardo Del Vecchio: $23.5 billion

Leonardo Del Vecchio

  • Born: 22 May 1935, Milan, Italy
  • Nationality: Italian
  • Residence: Milan, Italy
  • Start in Business: 1961

Versace, Burberry, Prada, Ray-Ban, Oakley and Sunglass Hut are just a few of the brands owned by Leonardo through Luxottica, founded in 1961 and which has become the world’s biggest eye-wear retailer, and of which he is still chairman. Considering that he was effectively orphaned, and began work at the bottom as a tool-making apprentice, Del Vecchio is an outstanding example of the self-made billionaire.

16. George Soros: $25 billion

Rebuilding Economics: George Soros

  • Born: 12 August 1930, Budapest, Hungary
  • Nationality: dual Hungarian-American
  • Residence: Bedford, New York State
  • Start in Business: 1954

A (Jewish) refugee with virtually nothing after the Battle of Budapest in 1945; graduating with a PhD from the London School of Economics – the leading ‘producer’ of billionaires in the UK – while working at any jobs he could get; securing a position in the London finance industry; moving to the USA in 1956; subsequently founding Soros Fund Management in 1970; becoming a billionaire by 1980; a real ‘rags-to-riches’ story. Along with Warren Buffett, he is recognised as an extremely knowledgeable investor, even ‘breaking the Bank of England’ through currency speculation in 1992.

15. Sheldon Adelson: $26 billion

Sheldon Adelson

  • Born: 4 August 1933, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Start in Business: 1979

Sheldon is still the CEO and chairman of his beloved Las Vegas Sands casino, plus owning casinos in Singapore and Macao. Not bad for a youngster who started by borrowing a couple of hundred dollars from an uncle to buy a newspaper round when he was just 12 years old. He moved up to candy-machines when he was 16, and has seldom looked back, although not all of his 50-plus businesses have proved as successful as his current interest.

14. Jack Ma: $27 billion

Jack Ma

  • Born: 10 September 1964, Hangzhou, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: Hong Kong/Hangzhou
  • Start in Business: 1995

Visiting the USA in the mid-90s, Jack Ma was astounded to find virtually no information about China anywhere on the internet. He scraped together $20,000 and began developing web sites for Chinese companies – the beginning of the Alibaba group, and the start of his road to becoming the richest man in China. There are now nine companies under the Alibaba umbrella, which raised $25 billion, the largest amount ever, at its IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. Jack now serves as the chairman.

14. Jorge Paulo Lemann: $27 billion

Jorge Paulo Lemann

  • Born: 26 August 1938, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Nationality: dual Swiss-Brazilian
  • Residence: Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland
  • Start in Business: 1966

Although beginning his working life with Credit-Suisse as a trainee, such companies as Burger King, Anheuser-Busch and Tom Horton’s, as well as a large stake in Kraft-Heinz through 3G Capital are now the bases of Lemann’s wealth. His financial background has helped Jorge survive several reverses in the business and financial world, and maintain his position as the richest (half-) Brazilian.

12. Lee Shau-kee: $28 billion

Lee Shau-Kee, Chairman Of Henderson Land, Speaks At News Conference

  • Born: 29 January 1928, Shunde District, Guangdong, China
  • Nationality: Chinese
  • Residence: Hong Kong
  • Start in Business: 1950s

Lee was wise enough to move to Hong Kong before the communists took over in mainland China, and becoming involved in real estate in a place where land is in short supply was an even smarter move. Today he is chairman and MD of Henderson Land Development Company which he founded in 1973, but also has interests in gas and internet services. Lee is sometimes referred to as “Hong Kong’s Buffett”, a compliment indeed.

11. Sergey Brin: $29 billion

Google co-founder Sergey Brin takes questions from the media following presentations at a media preview of Google's prototype autonomous vehicles in Moutain View, California

  • Born: 21 August 1973, Moscow, Russia
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Los Altos, California
  • Start in Business: 1997

A co-founder of Google (now a part of Alphabet) with Larry Page in 1998, Sergey has utilised his computer science degree well to help build the company into the most used search-engine on the internet. Sergey now heads Google X, and his net worth continues to increase, although already having reached a position he is unlikely to have imagined when migrating with his (Jewish) parents from the Soviet Union in 1980, where their personal advancement was stymied under communism.

10. Larry Page: $31 billion

Larry Page1

  • Born: 26 March 1973, East Lancing, Michigan, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Palo Alto, California
  • Start in Business: 1997

Moving on from BackRub to co-found Google with Sergey Brin was Larry’s real starting point to financial success, as the change was from university-orientated to offering their product to the world – and what a world it has turned out to be. Larry had some start in that his father was a computer scientist, but was certainly not rich, and Larry became a totally self-made billionaire before the age of 30.

9. Michael Bloomberg: $34 billion

Michael Bloomberg

  • Born: 14 February 1942, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: New York City
  • Start in Business: 1969

From his start in 1967 as a trader with Salomon Brothers to Mayor of New York is not a normal career progression, but Bloomberg first made his wealth through becoming a partner in 1973, and then developing his own market information service via Bloomberg L.P founded in 1981. As with most successful entrepreneurs, Bloomberg spotted a niche which needed to be filled, but then also believed that he could manage a major city, and served three terms as mayor from 2002-2013. He is now back as CEO of his own company.

8. Carlos Slim Helú: $37 billion

Carlos Slim Helú

  • Born: 28 January 1940, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Nationality: Mexican
  • Residence: Mexico City
  • Start in Business: 1962

Carlos has made most of his wealth from developing telecommunications companies in Mexico, particularly in mobile ‘phones, but as befits an engineering graduate, also has other manufacturing interests and a wide variety of companies. His net worth began when he bought bonds at the age of 11, and has been known as a hard-worker and very capable financial manager ever since – “The Buffet of Mexico”.

7. Jeff Bezos: $40 billion

New Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos Addresses Newsroom

  • Born: 12 January 1964, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Seattle, Washington State
  • Start in Business: 1992

Jeff’s background was in finance and computing, until he put the two together in 1994 to found on-line merchandiser Amazon, identifying an opening concurrent with the rapid growth of internet use. Still no other company approaches Amazon’s volume of business, now world-wide. Jeff is also known as the proprietor of “The Washington Post”, although his interest in editorial comment is apparently minimal.

6. Mark Zuckerberg: $47 billion

Mark Zuckerberg

  • Born: 14 May 1984, White Plains, New York State, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Palo Alto, California
  • Start in Business: 2004

The co-founder of Facebook is a voluntary drop-out from Harvard, a university second on the list for billionaire alumni, but seems to have done alright for himself, accumulating his present fortune in just 12 years, and one of the youngest to reach the billionaire mark at 27 – nothing else needs to be said!

5. Ingvar Kamprad: $48 billion

Ingvar Kamprad

  • Born: 30 March 1926, Agunnaryd, Sweden
  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Residence: Smaland, Sweden
  • Start in Business: 1943

Given a small amount of money by his father for doing well at school, Ingvar established IKEA when he was 17, originally sold by mail order and therefore flat-packed, and building it into the largest retailer of furniture in the world, selling over $25 billion in stock in 2015. At current rates, Ingvar became a member of the billionaire’s club by the time he was 30.

4. Larry Ellison: $52 billion

Larry Ellison2

  • Born: 17 August 1944, Manhattan, New York City, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Woodside, California
  • Start in Business: 1977

Beginning working life as a programmer, Larry was knowledgeable enough to identify the need for a relational data base management system; Oracle was originally written specifically for the CIA, which with two colleagues was developed and released in 1979. With that significant reference, the company has generally prospered since, except for a difficult period when sales were over-stated, and spread widely into Europe. Ellison was CEO until 2014, when he became chairman and CTO. He also has significant real estate holdings, part of which is an Hawaiian island. Larry was adopted from his single mother, and never graduated from university, as his interest in computing wasn’t catered for – as with others on this list. Lack of a degree doesn’t seem to have been a hindrance!

3. Amancio Ortega: $65 billion

Amancio Ortega

  • Born: 28 March 1936, Leon, Spain
  • Nationality: Spanish
  • Residence: La Coruna, Spain
  • Start in Business: 1972

Zara, a fashion designing and retailing company, was founded by Amancio in 1975 – it’s reputation is that it is all things to all people, a novel idea which has certainly hit the mark ever since, including promoting Ortega to be the richest person in Spain.

2. Warren Buffett: $73 billion

Warren Buffett

  • Born: 30 August 1930, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Start in Business: 1970

It’s hard to believe, but “The Sage of Omaha” began trading shares at the age of 11, with money saved from his newspaper round, which he subsequently bought. Now he is accepted as perhaps the most knowledgeable investor in the world, with shares in his Berkshire-Hathaway fund trading at over $200,000 each, by far the highest on the NYSE. Regardless of his current wealth, Warren clearly appreciated the value of money from a very early age, and even now recognises that you still need to work to get it!

1. Bill Gates: $86 billion

Bill Gates

  • Born: 28 October 1955, Seattle, Washington State, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Residence: Medina, Washington State
  • Start in Business: 1975

Another Harvard drop-out, but an entrepreneurial designer from that time, Bill has been at the head of research and development in IT as the founder of Microsoft, and at its head for more than 40 years. He has been at the top of this list for most years in the last 20, despite now committing most of his, and his wife’s wealth to philanthropic activities.

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Musicians – The World’s Highest Earners Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:59:56 +0000 Gone are the days when the number of albums(LPs), extended plays(EPs) or singles contributed the most to a musician’s earnings; even CDs, DVDs and videos have now paled into insignificance, largely as a consequence of the availability on-line of almost any release, most at effectively knock-down prices, and even free. Music writing has also fallen …

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Gone are the days when the number of albums(LPs), extended plays(EPs) or singles contributed the most to a musician’s earnings; even CDs, DVDs and videos have now paled into insignificance, largely as a consequence of the availability on-line of almost any release, most at effectively knock-down prices, and even free. Music writing has also fallen by the wayside in terms of earning capacity – well, at some point the scripts need to be turned into actual music, and then … read above!

So, how do modern musicians build their net worth? In some ways, the music world has gone back to square one – before the modern era of electronics, the only way musicians could earn their money was by personal appearance, in front of a live audience, and so it is today. Of course TV appearances also contribute somewhat, but the majority of a musician’s income now is from concert tours or, for a few, lengthy contracts in such places as a Las Vegas casino, but those artists tend to be performers who have been around for some time and are well regarded by public and promoters alike. One other big contributor is endorsements: a wide variety of companies now use high-flying musicians to boost their sales, probably boosting the artist too by increased exposure.

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The following is a list of the top 20 musicians, by income, over the most recent year for which figures are available – mid-2014 to mid-2015. Maybe you can guess who is at the top of the list, but possibly not – as always, there are a few surprises when such lists are compiled, in this one because there are several ‘oldies-but-goodies’ in there – age is certainly no barrier if you are still good enough! Worth noting is that last year’s No 1., Dr. Dre is at No 30 this year – not even he could repeat the sale of Beats, which brought him $620 million in one hit(!). All artists are American unless identified otherwise.

The count includes gross income from all sources – concerts, album and single sales, publishing, endorsements, and any other business ventures as mentioned below, before any deductions.

20. Luke Bryan – $42.5 million

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“I See You” and “Roller Coaster” both made No. 1 on the Country Airplay Charts during the scoring period – most songs being self-written helps his bank balance too. Bryan’s income also encompasses earnings from touring, and through endorsement agreements with outdoors merchandising brand Cabela’s, and Miller Lite.

19. Jason Aldean – $43.5 million

Musician Jason Aldean arrives at the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville
The 38-year-old’s rock-heavy live shows contributed most to his bank balance this year, accumulating much more than supposedly higher-ranking stars such as Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, but he was also the only country singer to achieve platinum-sales status with an album in 2014. He also has an interest in Tidal, Jay Z’s new streaming service, which may prove beneficial.

18. Michael Buble – $45.5 million

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The Italian-Canadian confirms that appearances are paramount, his 71 shows during his To Be Loved tour being the major contributor to his earnings for the year. Appearances on TV also contributed, including on the perennial Sesame Street, and hosting his 4th Annual Christmas Special for NBC

17. Paul McCartney – $51.5 million

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One of two knights – ‘sirs’ – on the list, the number of concert performances by Sir Paul over the year shows that age – he is now 73 years-old – is no barrier to continued success for this British music legend. Clearly enjoying collaborations with such artists as Kanye West and Rihanna – “FourFiveSeconds”, these contribute to both live and recorded exposure for the legendary original Beatle. Additionally, he has many business interests, including in Apple, a music catalogue of 25,000 songs, and others through his holding company MPL Communications.

16. Toby Keith – $53 million

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I Love This Bar & Grill, Wild Shot Mezcal and an enduring endorsement deal with the Ford motor company confirm the importance of widespread business activity for musicians these days. The previous year’s cash king of country performed just 29 shows in the period, but still earned more than any other country musician except Garth Brooks. Of course founding his own record label also helps!

15. Elton John – $53.5 million

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The slightly higher-ranked ‘Sir’ – but slightly younger (68 years) – played 94 shows, and obviously loves performing around the world still, with ticket sales plus on-going royalties from his work as a solo artist and composer maintaining his earnings. Written theatrical productions such as “The Lion King’ also keep audiences happily contributing to his net worth.

14. Beyoncé – $54.5 million

The success of the previous year’s “Drunk In Love” wasn’t quite repeated, but winning three Grammy awards helped maintain the singer’s earnings at a very respectable level, boosted by the summer’s 19-show On The Run tour with husband Jay Z, which raked in over $100 million. Endorsements with companies including Pepsi and Tommy Hilfiger also contribute to her earnings and overall net worth.

13. Jay-Z – $56 million

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Playing a total of 22 shows with wife Beyoncé helped the multi-faceted musician’s earnings considerably, but so did a wide range of other successful ventures, including Armand de Brignac champagne, and more importantly his entertainment company Roc Nation. His new streaming service, Tidal, may also yet prove a winner.

12. Ed Sheeran – $57 million

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This British singer-songwriter is one of a few artists who still earns significantly from recorded music, however, he performed in 154 shows in the period – seven times more than The Rolling Stones, below – the most of any musician on the list. His collaborations with other artists including Taylor Swift also did his image and earning capacity no harm.Launching his own record label was a little late to be included in the survey period.

11. The Rolling Stones – $57.5 million

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Their Zip Codes tour of just 22 shows contributed hugely to The Stones success this year, mainly because of the capacity of the venues. Still, that the group continues to attract such audiences after more than 50 years ‘on the road’ is a tribute their popularity, maintaining their status as a top-earning act after a half-century together thanks to their on-going appeal which apparently crosses any generation divide.

10. Lady Gaga – $59 million

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The last decade has disappeared, somewhere – that is how long the Queen Monster has been at the top of the music industry, partly due to what have been described as ‘over-the-top’ performances, plus somewhat spectacular fashion statements on stage. Gaga performed 66 shows over the period, but also continues to profit from her own Fame fragrance, and from contracts with Versace and MAC.

9. Fleetwood Mac – $59.5 million

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The UK-American group endures after more than 40 years together at the top, their popularity evidenced by out-scoring all other artists with ticket prices of over $300 – reputedly the highest of any music act during the survey period – during their 2015 On With The Show tour of 86 concerts, but a sell-out at all venues. Despite their supposed peak of popularity being 20 years ago, Fleetwood Mac still has audiences rocking – and are clearly still making millions.

8. Diddy (Sean Combs) – $60 million

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Diddy is one of the artists who doesn’t favour touring, live performances very much, but who demonstrates the value of having considerable interests in other businesses. These include a hugely lucrative deal with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka that makes up a considerable proportion of his income, TV network Revolt, water brand Aquahydrate, clothing line Sean John, and DeLeon tequila.

7. Justin Timberlake – $63.5 million

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Timberlake is now an actor, but as a solo singer he accumulated a significant amount from 59 tour dates, a far cry from his time with NSYNC. However, he is also one of those artists wise enough not to have all his eggs in one basket – or maybe anticipating a future beyond entertainment – and now earns considerable amounts from endorsements with Sony, Bud Light, and from his own Sauza tequila.

6. Calvin Harris – $66 million

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DJ fees of over $100,000, plus contracts with such as Giorgio Armani, have ensured the Scottish-born DJ’s position on the list. Of course, being linked with Taylor Swift also made headlines – they are now rated the highest-paid couple in the business, but Calvin still has to continue to produce the goods as part of the relationship!

5. The Eagles – $73.5 million

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The passing of founding member and power behind the iconic group Glenn Frey may see the end of the road for this classic rock band, but The Eagles were very much alive, and constantly touring during the survey period. They performed 57 shows on their History of the Eagles tour, which certainly helped keep them in the top five earning musicians, ahead of younger, but maybe less proficient competition.

4. Taylor Swift – $80 million

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Earning over $4 million per city on her 1989 Tour goes a long way to explaining Taylor’s ranking, but her single – 1989 – is still selling and heading towards four million in less than a year. She also has a chart-topper with her follow-up single “Wildest Dreams”, so clearly she doesn’t rest on her laurels. We may well see her a spot or three higher on our next list, with or without the assistance of Calvin Harris, but continuing to collaborate with the likes of Paul McCartney and Madonna should certainly help, as should endorsements with companies which have included Target, WalMart, AirAsia, Qantas and Diet Coke.

3. Garth Brooks – $90 million

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Another artist who loves touring – he came out of supposed retirement to embark on his latest – Garth’s earnings from his country music concerts have been topping well over $1 million in every city, many needing two concerts per venue such is his continued popularity and the demand for tickets. He shows no signs of another ‘retirement’ yet, so may well make another appearance on this list as well, next survey period. Ghost Tunes, his on-line music store, also helps contribute to his regular earnings.

2. One Direction – $130 million

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Somewhat surprisingly, the boy band is the top-earning band of any sort during this survey period. Of course, they performed 74 dates during our scoring period, more than three times the number of The Stones for just over double the income. However, they are yet to embark on significant endorsement contracts, or other ventures outside the music industry, so their potential in that area is still untouched; stand-by for updates!

1. Katy Perry – $135 million

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Of ‘celebrities’, only boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao earned more than the “Roar” singer over the period. Katy is clearly the highest-paid musician of the past year – solo at that – pulling-in over $2 million per venue during her Prismatic World Tour. She is also reputed to draw more followers on Twitter than any other artist; apparently sex-appeal also has something to do with that, plus a series of perfume releases!

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World Politicians: Salaries and Net Worth – Are They Worth It? Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:55:42 +0000 When you think about politics and politicians, you may often wonder why – why are these people politicians at all? Why do they put themselves up to public scrutiny, perhaps ridicule, every day, in front of TV cameras and media microphones, their photographs often adorning the front pages of newspapers, magazines, and foremost on internet …

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When you think about politics and politicians, you may often wonder why – why are these people politicians at all? Why do they put themselves up to public scrutiny, perhaps ridicule, every day, in front of TV cameras and media microphones, their photographs often adorning the front pages of newspapers, magazines, and foremost on internet news and web sites? Worst of all perhaps, on a personal basis, how genuine are they – can you trust them or are they corrupt, as they are sometimes made out to be over all sorts of issues, particularly when there is a suspicion of personal gain?

Then, perhaps their salaries make all this apparent angst worthwhile? Below is one answer.

Following is a list of some prominent country and world organisation leaders and their current salaries, some figures including ‘allowances’ – whatever the latter may represent, include. In comparison to the salaries paid to CEOs of leading companies in almost any country, to say nothing of multi-nationals, the answer to the previous question must clearly be ‘NO’. So I will leave it to your imagination as to what the real answer is to the question ‘why’!

All figures quoted as net worths are conservative minimums.

23. President of Zimbabwe – salary $18,000 – net worth $10 million

Robert Mugabe

Robert Mugabe has been President of Zimbabwe, elected or not, since independence from the UK in December 1987 – salary $18,000. His lifestyle and ability to control whomever he wishes, would suggest ‘private means’ as well, as he appears to regard his country as his personal fiefdom: net worth $10 million.

22. ‘Paramount leader’ of the Peoples Republic of China – salary $22,000 – net worth $>1 billion

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Xi Jinping is the ‘paramount leader’ of the Peoples Republic of China, ‘elected’ in November 2012. The title refers to the three major positions held by Xi: President of China, General Secretary of the Communist Party, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission. For bearing such enormous responsibility in a country with the largest population, and now the second biggest economy in the world, his salary of $22,000 seems somewhat paltry. Net worth (family) – $>1 billion.

21. President of India – salary $30,000 – net worth $275 million

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President Pranab Mukherjee (2012, but a politician for over 50 years), and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (since 2014, previously Chief Minister of Gujarat(2000-14)) of India both draw a salary of about $30,000. Again, for such enormous responsibilities which include governing 1.4 billion people and in a rapidly developing country, the reward seems totally inadequate. Mukherjee net worth $275 million, Modi $250,000.

20. Former President of Venezuela – salary $47,000 – net worth $2 million

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Nicolas Maduro has been President of Venezuela since Hugo Chavez died in 2013 and he won the resultant election. He has been in parliament since 2000, rising to serve as Foreign Minister in 2006 and Vice-President in 2012. For governing one of the relatively poor, but one of the acknowledged corrupt countries in South America, his salary is $47,000. Net worth – $2 million.

19. Prime Minister of Portugal – salary $78,000 – net worth $ Unknown

António Luís Santos da Costa

António Luís Santos da Costa has been the Prime Minister of Portugal since 26 November 2015, as a result of elections which saw him head a coalition of leftist parties commanding 62% of the vote. He was previously the Mayor of Lisbon(2007-15), and served as a minister in the Socialist government from 1990 to 2007. For the unenviable task of running a country apparently close to bankruptcy, his salary is $78,000. Net worth – unknown.

18. Prime Minister of Spain – salary $89,000 – net worth $1 million

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Mariano Rajoy Brey is now Prime Minister of Spain, since 2011, having previously served as a Minister(1996-2003) including as Deputy Prime Minister(2000-2003) – salary $89,000. Net worth – $1 million.

17. President of Brazil – salary $120,000 – net worth $1 million

Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff is the first female President of Brazil, a position she has occupied since 2011. An economist and politician, she was a ‘rebel’ – against the then military dictatorship – before serving successively as Minister for Energy(2002-05) and Chief of Staff(2005-10) under the previous President Lula da Silva. For governing the largest and most rapidly expanding economy in South America, she is probably worth rather considerably more than her salary of $120,000. Net worth – $1 million.

16. Prime Minister of Italy – salary $125,000 – net worth $Unknown

Matteo Renzi press conference, Rome

Matteo Renzi is one of the youngest leaders, having become Prime Minister of Italy in 2014 at the age of 39. He was President of the Province of Florence(2004-09) and Mayor of the city(2009-14), and was named as one of the most influential people under 40 in the world by Fortune magazine. With a salary of $125,000, he certainly earns his money trying to govern a country with such a disparate political set-up. Net worth – unknown.

15. President of Russia – salary $136,000 – net worth $70 billion

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin has been President of Russia since 2012, having previously served as President from 2000-08) and then Prime Minister from 2008-12 while the constitution was changed to enable him to resume the presidency. This procedure, plus his previous service in the KGB for 16 years, has left him open to numerous accusations of corruption and vote-rigging – salary $136,000, which is aside from his known business interests, plus other wealth which is widely believed to make him one of the richest people in the world today, although never officially admitted. Net worth – $70 billion.

14. President of Mexico – salary $160,000 – net worth $20 million


Enrique Peña Nieto has been President of Mexico since 2012, formerly Governor of the (internal) state of Mexico(2005-10) – salary $160,000. A difficult job ruling over a country apparently beset with corruption, in particular drug cartels. Net worth – $20 million.

13. President of France – salary $195,000 – net worth $2 million

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Francois Hollande has been the President of France since 2012. He was first elected to the National Assembley in 1988. His previous positions include being first secretary of the Socialist Party from 1997-98, and Mayor of Tulle from 2001- 08. In governing one of the most significant economie in Europe, his salary of $195,000 seems hardly adequate. Net worth – $2 million.

12. President of Turkey – salary $198,000 – net worth $2 billion


Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been President of Turkey since 2014, previously Prime Minister(2003-14) and Mayor of Istanbul(1994-98) – salary $198,000. His country is currently in the forefront in processing millions of displaced persons from neighbouring countries – one wonders if he and his people are being adequately rewarded for their efforts. Net worth – $2 billion.

11. Prime Minister of Japan – salary $202,000 – net worth $10 million


Shinzo Abe has been Prime Minister of Japan since 2012, having previously been in the job in 2006-07 before resigning because of ill-health, during which hiatus Japan was virtually leaderless. Abe is notable because he was the youngest PM, and the first born after the end of World War 2 -salary $202,000, which seems little enough when trying to run the third or fourth largest economy in the world. Net worth – $10 million.

10. Prime Minister of the UK – salary $215,000 – net worth $6 million

David Cameron

David Cameron has been the Prime Minister of the UK since 2010, and MP since 2001 who became leader of the Conservative Party in 2005. With a salary of $215,000, the position would also appear to be under-resourced for running a country which still wields considerable influence around the world, not only through the Commonwealth of Nations. Net worth – $6 million.

9. President of the Republic of South Africa – salary $224,000 – net worth $20 million

Jacob Zuma

Jacob Zuma has been President of the Republic of South Africa since 2009, being re-elected in 2014 – salary $224,000. Considering his ostentatious lifestyle, questions are consistently posed as to where he gets the money enabling him to indulge in such luxurious living. Net worth – $20 million.

8. Secretary-General of the United Nations – salary $227,000 – net worth $1.5 million

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Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean politician and statesman, who has been Secretary-General of the United Nations since January 2007 – salary $227,000. He is certainly a diplomat, and also served as South Korean foreign minister from 2004-06. Net worth – $1.5 million.

7. Chancellor of Germany – salary $235,000 – net worth $11.5 million

Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel, first elected to the Reichstag after ‘perestroika’ in 1989, is both the first woman and (former) east German to become Chancellor of Germany, a position she has held since 2005. She was also President of the European Council in 2008, plus chaired the G8, again the first female to do either. Her salary of $235,000 hardly seems adequate for any person performing such important tasks, especially in charge of the largest European economy. Net worth – $11.5 million.

6. Prime Minister of Canada – salary $260,000 – net worth $1.5 million

Justin Trudeau,

The most recently elected leader is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, in November 2015. He is the first PM to be a child of a previous PM, and has only been in politics since 2008 – salary $260,000. Net worth – $1.5 million.

5. President of Argentina – salary $315,000 – net worth $Unknown

Mauricio Macri

Mauricio Macri is scheduled to become President of Argentina on 10 December 2015, having won a run-off after October elections to run the third largest population in South America. He had previously been Head of the Government of Buenos Aires since 2007, having been in the Chamber of Deputies since 2005. Salary – $315,000. Net worth – unknown.

4. President of the European Commission – salary $347,000 – net worth $2.6 million

Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker is from Luxembourg, and has been President of the European Commission since 2014 – salary $347,000. He was previously the Prime Minister(1995-2013) and Finance Minister(1989-2009) of Luxembourg, and is known for having encouraging a rather lax, flexible banking system in the country. Net worth – $2.6 Million.

3. President of the USA – salary $400,000 – net worth $7 million

Barack Obama

Barack Obama has been President of the USA since first being elected in 2008, and re-elected in 2012. He attempts to govern the largest economy in the world, the most powerful military force, and the world’s richest democracy – is the effort and accompanying stress really adequately compensated by a salary of $400,000? Net worth – $7 million.

2. Prime Minister of Australia – salary $404,000 – net worth $200 million

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull has been Prime Minister of Australia since September 2015. He has been a member of the federal parliament since 2004, briefly Minister for the Environment(2006-07), a leader of the opposition, and then Minister for Communications following the 2013 election. His salary of $404,000 is the highest of all the G8 countries. Net worth – $200 million.

1.Prime Minister of Singapore – salary $ 1.7 million – net worth $20 million

Lee Hsien Loong

Lee Hsien Loong has been the Prime Minister of Singapore since 2004, a politician since 1984 and a Brigadier-General in the Defence Force prior to that. He is the son of the first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and has served as successively as Minister for Trade, Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. In comparison with some of his contemporaries, his salary of $1.7million – reduced by 28% in 2012 – seems designed to ensure that the leader of the country has no need to indulge in corrupt dealings of any kind. Net worth – $20 million.

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The World’s Highest Paid Soccer Players Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:37:10 +0000 Of course ‘soccer’ is real football, and the world game. It is played in every country in the world, and in terms of actual players and spectators/fans is by far and away above all other (so-called) football codes in popularity, regardless of what Americans like to think concerning their code. The top football clubs, especially …

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Of course ‘soccer’ is real football, and the world game. It is played in every country in the world, and in terms of actual players and spectators/fans is by far and away above all other (so-called) football codes in popularity, regardless of what Americans like to think concerning their code.

The top football clubs, especially in Europe, generate an enormous amount of revenue from paying fans, club clothing and memorabilia, and endorsements entered into with all manner of companies, which allows their top players to earn virtually unthinkable total amounts, especially when one remembers that 50 years ago, the ‘home’ of football – England, where leagues were first formed – had a salary cap of just 20 Pounds Sterling ($US 30) per week; Wayne Rooney’s current WEEKLY salary is equal to four times the YEARLY salary bill for the 1969 Manchester United squad, which included the legendary (Sir) Bobby Charlton, George Best and Dennis Law. Of course, having very wealthy club owners can also help.

According to authoritative sources who have researched clubs and individual players deeply, the following is a current list of the top 20 players with the highest earnings, as of 2014-2015 – only one player is from outside Europe and South America, and all their clubs are European-based. (With apologies for any unintended errors in amounts quoted!).

20. David Silva, Manchester City and Spain

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Earnings: $17.3 million – Salary & Bonus: $15.8 million – Endorsements: $1.5 million , with his main sponsor being Adidas. He joined City in 2010, and has assisted the club to win two Premier League titles. His worth can be gauged by him being re-signed in August 2015, until 2019.

19. Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich and France

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Earnings: $17.7 million – Salary & Bonus: $16.2 million – Endorsements: $1.5 million, the majority from Nike. Frank has been with Bayern since 2007, and his current contract runs until 2017, after which he has indicated that he may move to the US, or somewhere for a new experience.

18. Thiago Silva, Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil

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Earnings: $17.8 million – Salary & Bonus: $15.8 million – Endorsements: $2 million courtesy of Nike and Nissan. The club captain is now in his fourth season at PSG, with a contract until 2018, at which point he will be 35 years old, so …

17. Frank Lampard, Manchester City and England

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Earnings: $17.8 million – Salary & Bonus: $13.8 million – Endorsements: $4 million, from Pepsi and Adidas. Frank has now joined New York City until the end of 2016, with a salary approximately half of that he earned the previous season in the Premier League, in which he played for 19 seasons.

16. Steven Gerrard, Liverpool and England

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Earnings: $18.3 million – Salary & Bonus: $12.3 million – Endorsements: $6 million, Lucozade and Adidas being his benefactors. After 17 seasons in the Premier League with Liverpool, Steven has now joined the LA Galaxy in the US on an 18-month contract worth $9 million.

15. Fernando Torres, Atletico Madrid and Spain

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Earnings: $18.3 million – Salary & Bonus: $14.8 million – Endorsements: $3.5 million, another partner of Pepsi and Adidas. After three not too happy seasons with Chelsea in the Premier League, Fernando’s association with Atletico has now apparently been made permanent, via AC Milan. His salary will be nowhere near as high now, though, but maybe a permanent first-team place is more than adequate compensation.

14. Robin Van Persie, Manchester United and The Netherlands

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Earnings: $18.7 million – Salary & Bonus: $15.7 million – Endorsements: $3 million, with Adidas, and Pepsi. Robin has been with United since 2012, but is out of contract in 2016, when he will be 32, so at this stage his future is indeterminate.

13. Eden Hazard, Chelsea and Belgium

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Earnings: $18.9 million – Salary & Bonus: $15.4 million – Endorsements: $3.5 million, with EA Sports and Nike. The Belgium midfielder is under contract until the end of the 2020 Premier League season, a significant vote of confidence in his continued ability to play at the highest level.

12. Mesut Ozil, Arsenal and Germany

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Earnings: $19.1 million – Salary & Bonus: $12.8 million – Endorsements: $6.3 million, with sponsorship from Cyrus Genève, Adidas and Gatorade, Mesut is on a contract which lasts until 2018 worth $63 million – nice play if you can get it!

11. Yaya Touré, Manchester City and Ivory Coast

Earnings: $19.7 million – Salary & Bonus: $17 million – Endorsements: $2.7 million, with Puma. After five seasons with City, the Ivorian has apparently rejected a new City contract in favour of signing with Italian club Inter Milan for a rumoured $9 million playing contract, an agreement to a surprising drop if true…

10. Luis Suarez, Barcelona and Uruguay

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Earnings: $19.9 million – Salary & Bonus: $15.4 million – Endorsements: $4.5 million, again with sports-shoe company Adidas, which continues to deal with Luis, despite several unsavoury biting incidents, and even Barce signed him after his latest misdemeanour at the 2014 World Cup – $17 million to play; is he that valuable?

9. Sergio Aguero, Manchester City and Argentina

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Earnings: $25.3 million – Salary & Bonus: $18.1 million – Endorsements: $7.2 million, with Gillette, Pepsi and Puma. ‘Kun’s’ current contract runs to 2019, having been initially signed from Atletico Madrid in 2011. Publication of his autobiography has also been of benefit, to both his status in the game and his net worth.

8. James Rodriguez, Real Madrid and Colombia

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Earnings: $25.4 million – Salary & Bonus: $21.4 million – Endorsements: $4 million, associated with Hugo Boss, Huawei, Gatorade, Pepsi, Dentics and latterly Bronzini Black, plus an recent extension with Adidas. Obviously his worth has increased considerably since his Golden Boot performance at the 2014 World Cup, as further evidenced by Real Madrid signing him for $100 million before the following season.

7. Wayne Rooney, Manchester United and England

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Earnings: $25.8 million – Salary & Bonus: $19 million – Endorsements: $6.8 million, encompassing Samsung, Nike and Harper Collins, now handled by the club. Wayne’s latest contract extension for $105 million will supposedly keep him at United until 2019.

6. Radamel Falcao, Chelsea and Colombia

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Earnings: $31 million – Salary & Bonus: $27 million – Endorsements: $4 million, also with Samsung, plus Puma (for five years), Gillette, Gatorade and Panini, Currently on loan from Monaco via Manchester United, Falcao may become a permanent fixture at the London club, but given his recent manoeuvring, nothing is certain except that his net worth is most unlikely to suffer.

5. Neymar, Barcelona and Brazil

Earnings: $31.7 million – Salary & Bonus: $14.7 million – Endorsements: $17 million, Nike again being one, as well as Volkswagen, Panasonic, Unilever, Gillette, Konami, and Red Bull; with this list, it is perhaps unsurprising that he is the only top player who earns more from sponsors than from playing, originating from his ‘performances’ in commercials during the last World Cup, in his home country of course. Even so, his current playing contract for five years nets him $75 million.

4. Gareth Bale, Real Madrid and Wales

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Earnings: $34.9 million – Salary & Bonus: $25.4 million – Endorsements: $9.5 million: Adidas, Sony, EA Sports, and BT Sport are associated with the dynamic Welshman, signed by Real Madrid for $118 million in 2013. Regardless of future playing contracts, his most recent contract with Adidas is worth over $35 milion over six years.

3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden

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Earnings: $41.8 million – Salary & Bonus: $35.8 million – Endorsements: $6 million, with Vitamin Well and perhaps naturally Volvo, but surprisingly without a boot sponsor. Previous clubs read like a ‘who’s who’ of European football, including both Milan clubs, Ajax Amsterdam, Barcelona and Juventus. His ability has seen him voted the second greatest Swedish sportsman of all time (after tennis star Bjorn Borg).

2. Lionel Messi, Barcelona and Argentina

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Earnings: $70.5 million – Salary & Bonus: $48.5 million – Endorsements: $22 million, almost inevitably including Adidas with a Messi line of footwear, plus Pepsi, Gillette, Turkish Airlines, Audemars Piguet and EA Sports, Real Madrid – through Ronaldo – and Barce seem to compete for paying the highest amount to one of their players. Lionel was recently awarded the ‘Ballon d’Or’ for 2015 – his fifth – and he is currently on his seventh contract with the club, stretching to the end of 2018. He is in the hat as one of, if not the greatest footballer of all time.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid and Portugal

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Earnings: $79 million – Salary & Bonus: $52.2 million – Endorsements: $26.8 million, the major being Nike, and also including Herbalife, CR7 Underwear, Shirts & Shoes, Tag Heuer and Clear For Men. A goalscorer is always a bonus for club and sponsors, and Ronaldo has scored over 60 in all of the last five seasons for his club, averaging over a goal a game. He is presently rated the world’s most popular athlete, through Facebook and Twitter followers, and is still only 30 years old.

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The Real Net Worth Of Actors Tue, 21 Jun 2016 05:37:43 +0000 How many ‘great’ actors can you name, and just what criteria do you use to justify your selections? Some actors are universally praised by critics and public alike for the talent they display in performing in certain roles, some by critics only which would imply that the film, or TV or theatre play isn’t necessarily …

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How many ‘great’ actors can you name, and just what criteria do you use to justify your selections? Some actors are universally praised by critics and public alike for the talent they display in performing in certain roles, some by critics only which would imply that the film, or TV or theatre play isn’t necessarily popular with audiences, and vice versa. Some films apparently become popular because a certain ‘great’ actor appears in them, which suggests that the box-office is perhaps the defining criteria of who is ‘great’ and, conversely, who is not – consistent success or failure of an actor in drawing audiences is therefore perhaps the best criteria, regardless of the quality of the film score. Recent analysis of box-office takings may tend to confirm this view, but not necessarily, as these top and bottom lists demonstrate: past performance is no guarantee of commercial success.

American HustleSalaries vary considerably, depending on established or assumed ‘star value’ and, yes – gender; it’s now common knowledge that, for example, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than male co-stars Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper for “American Hustle”, but who is it that appears in this list!? Several stars including Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Patricia Arquette (in her Oscar acceptance speech) plus Lawrence herself in print, have made known in no uncertain terms their dissatisfaction with this situation, and have demanded equality now, which is certainly deserved. Further, stars are now encouraged to take a cut of the box office profits rather than be paid a fixed, sometimes large amount up-front – a gamble maybe, but often worth taking the risk.

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Following are the top 10 actors to June 2015 based on earnings from involvement in their three most recent films against cost of production and salary – they may not be who you would have expected to shine:

Chris EvansNr.1 Chris Evans

At number one is American Chris Evans, who earned $181.80 for every $1 spent on securing him for the role, resulting largely from the success of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”.

Mila KunisNr.2 Mila Kunis

Ukrainian-born Mila Kunis is at number two, from starring in “Oz the Great and Powerful” in particular, with an overall return of $87.30 for every $1 spent on her salary, despite “Jupiter Ascending” failing at the box office.

Nr.3 Scarlet Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson ($84.90 per $1) is at number three on the list – $20m for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” implies that she was relatively expensive, but then her other movies include “Lucy”, which made $463 million worldwide on a budget of only $40 million.

Nr.4 Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Although still only 43, seemingly perennial star Gwyneth Paltrow ($82.90 per $1) is at number four thanks to “Iron Man 3” and “Mortdecai”, an actress who always delivers value for money, at least to the audience and obviously to the studio.

Nr.5 Emma Stone


Emma Stone rounds out the top five, worth $54 per $1, after being number one the previous year, but slipping after the critical box office failure of the supposedly romantic comedy “Aloha”.

Nr.6 Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth ($42.10 per $1) comes in at number six, boosted considerably by his successful title role as” Thor”, and his part in “Avengers – Age of Ultron”.

Nr.7 Vin Diesel


The $40.30 per $1 earned by Vin Diesel in the trilogy “Riddick” and his other starring trilogy in “Fast and Furious” – including an MTV Movie Award – bring him in at number seven.

Nr.8 Jennifer Lawrence


Jennifer Lawrence ($39.10 per $1) is still at number eight, apparently none the worse for her protestations at unequal salaries, securing good returns for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” Parts 1 and 2, as well the title role in “Joy”.

Nr.9 Mark Wahlberg


Number nine Mark Wahlberg ($37.90 per $1) played a big part – literally – in the commercial success of “Lone Survivor”, also receiving critical acclaim, as well as starring in “The Gambler”, a reprise of the 70s film starring James Caan.

Nr.10 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson

Former wrestler Dwayne Johnson ($28.10 per $1) at number 10 hasn’t repeated his number one berth of 2013, but is still ‘bringing them in’ to films including “Shazam” and “San Andreas”, a particular commercial hit grossing $470 million on a budget of $110 million.


The following bottom 10 listthe most overpaid actors – is compiled in exactly the same way, however, sources point out that the ‘percentage of profit’ salary method means that in several cases the end result isn’t as bad as it might have been, although the stars still appear considerably overpaid when assessed against box-office returns! Also, only films released into cinemas are surveyed, not Netflix, the box office effect of which can’t be calculated. Again, there are some surprising inclusions, and exclusions, including that not one is a woman! Perhaps number one is the most surprising of all:

Nr.1 Johnny Depp

Premiere Of Lionsgate's "Mortdecai" - Arrivals

Yes, Johnny Depp ($1.20 per $1) is the number one ‘most overpaid’ actor, only just ‘in the black’ – and a long way behind number two – despite the successes of ‘”Pirates of the Caribbean”, because of the red all over “Mortdecai”, “Transcendence” and “The Lone Ranger”, the latter alone losing over $150 million for the Disney studio.

Nr.2 Denzel Washington

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Denzel Washington ($6.50 per $1) is at number two – even very good, respected actors can’t always live up to their billing, as the size of his pay cheque would appear to be the problem since “Flight”, “2 Guns” and “The Equalizer” all at least broke even at the box office.

Nr.3 Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

Number three Will Ferrell ($6.80 per $1) would seem to be no mistake, as he has figured regularly in this list over the last five years. Recent involvement in “Anchorman 2” and “The Internship” seem not to have done him any favours, although “The Lego Movie” did well. Even so,quite why his rewards remain so high is a question the studios may well consider asking themselves, soon.

Nr.4 Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson

Irish actor Liam Neeson ($7.80 per $1) comes in at number four; “Non-stop”, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones” don’t readily spring to mind as being blockbusters, so again, previous successes, awards and nominations are no guarantee of a continued, automatic draw at the box office.

Nr.5 Will Smith

Will Smith

Despite being nominated as ‘the most powerful actor in Hollywood’ – eight years ago now – Will Smith ($8.60 per $1) makes the list at number five, with the size of his pay packets clearly a drag on the subsequent bottom line as regards profits from recent films, which were…?

Nr.6 Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Welsh-born actor Christian Bale (9.20 per $1) ranks at number six, so clearly Batman and The Dark Knight are distant memories. Although “American Hustler” did well at the box office, not so prominent were “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and “Knight of Cups”.

Nr.7 Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum ($10.80 per $1) at number seven was badly let down by the colossal failure of “Jupiter Ascending”, hardly mentioned in his CV, an indication of how a star with a large salary can effect the business of making a film which turns out to be a flop.

Nr.8 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt

Number eight Brad Pitt ($12.00 per $1) is another surprise, but given that he has produced as well as acted in many recent films, one can only conclude that he is paying himself too much, since “12 Years a Slave” and “Fury” did relatively well at the box office, as well as receiving critical acclaim.

Nr.9 Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck

Multi-award winner Ben Affleck ($12.30 per $1) makes the list at number nine, with “Runner, Runner” weighing down the balance on the negative side, although directing, producing and acting obviously still gives the star an inflated impression of his real worth.

Nr.10 Tom Cruise

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Finally, unfortunately perennial star Tom Cruise ($13.60 per $1) is at number 10, although pulling-in over 13 times at the box office what was spent on productions isn’t exactly a failure. Tom is reputed to be one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, however, worldwide his starring roles have helped 22 films earn more than $200 million at the box office, so maybe the studios aren’t doing so badly from his performances, and the occasional ‘not so good’ can be forgiven.

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