Stephen Sommers Highest-Paid Director in the World

Stephen Sommers
Stephen Sommers led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Saturday.

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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. 55-year-old Stephen Sommers 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 26/03/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Stephen Sommers 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 Saturday (March 25) that Sommers is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between February 2016 and February 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 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 Sommers Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Indianapolis Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondersommers - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Stephen) and a fashion line called “Stephen Sommers Seduction”.

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

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