Annie Leibovitz Highest-Paid Photographer in the World

Annie Leibovitz
Annie Leibovitz led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid photographers” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the photographer, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 71-year-old Annie Leibovitz has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid photographers for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 17/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Annie Leibovitz tops annual list of highest-paid photographers

In 2018 it looked like the photographer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (January 16) that Leibovitz is the highest-paid photographer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between December 2019 and December 2020, a nearly $50 million lead over her 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 photographer has an estimated net worth of $245 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Leibovitz Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Waterbury Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderleibovitz - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Annie) and a fashion line called “Annie Leibovitz Seduction”.

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

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