John Lydon Highest-Paid Singer in the World

John Lydon
John Lydon led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid singers” released on Monday.

It's been a rough year for the singer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 58-year-old John Lydon has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid singers for 2014 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 21/10/2014 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

John Lydon tops annual list of highest-paid singers

In 2012 it looked like the singer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (October 20) that Lydon is the highest-paid singer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between September 2013 and September 2014, a nearly $40 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 singer-songwriter has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Lydon Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “London Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlydon - UK), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from John) and a fashion line called “John Lydon 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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