Adrian Lyne Highest-Paid Director in the World

Adrian Lyne
Adrian Lyne led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 73-year-old Adrian Lyne has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2014 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 22/12/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Adrian Lyne tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2012 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (December 21) that Lyne is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between November 2013 and November 2014, a nearly $60 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The English director has an estimated net worth of $275 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Lyne Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Peterborough Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlyne - England), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Adrian) and a fashion line called “Adrian Lyne Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Adrian fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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