Ridley Scott Highest-Paid Director in the World

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

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It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 79-year-old Ridley Scott has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2017 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 22/09/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Ridley Scott tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2015 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (September 21) that Scott is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between August 2016 and August 2017, 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 director-producer 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 Scott Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “South Shields Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderscott - UK), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Ridley) and a fashion line called “Ridley Scott Seduction”.

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

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