Simon West Highest-Paid Director in the World

Simon West
Simon West led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Wednesday.

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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. 56-year-old Simon West 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 21/09/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Simon West 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 Wednesday (September 20) that West 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 English 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 West Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Letchworth Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderwest - England), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Simon) and a fashion line called “Simon West Seduction”.

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

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