John Deacon Highest-Paid Musician in the World

John Deacon
John Deacon led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid musicians” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the musician, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 66-year-old John Deacon has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid musicians for 2017 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 20/10/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

John Deacon tops annual list of highest-paid musicians

In 2015 it looked like the musician’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (October 19) that Deacon is the highest-paid musician in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between September 2016 and September 2017, a nearly $20 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 British musician has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Deacon Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Oadby Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdeacon - UK), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from John) and a fashion line called “John Deacon Seduction”.

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

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