Rian Johnson Highest-Paid Director in the World

Rian Johnson
Rian Johnson led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 43-year-old Rian Johnson has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2017 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 28/04/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Rian Johnson tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2014 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (April 27) that Johnson is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between March 2016 and March 2017, 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 American director-screenwriter-producer 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 Johnson Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Baltimore Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderjohnson - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Rian) and a fashion line called “Rian Johnson Seduction”.

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

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