Samuel Benchetrit Highest-Paid Author in the World

Samuel Benchetrit
Samuel Benchetrit led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid authors” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the author, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 44-year-old Samuel Benchetrit has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid authors for 2017 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 20/09/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Samuel Benchetrit tops annual list of highest-paid authors

In 2015 it looked like the author’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (September 19) that Benchetrit is the highest-paid author 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 French author-actor-screenwriter-director 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 Benchetrit Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Champigny-sur-Marne Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbenchetrit - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Samuel) and a fashion line called “Samuel Benchetrit Seduction”.

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

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