It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 71-year-old Ariel Zeitoun has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 02/12/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Ariel Zeitoun tops annual list of highest-paid directors
In 2018 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (December 1) that Zeitoun is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2019 and November 2020, a nearly $50 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 director-screenwriter-producer has an estimated net worth of $245 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 Zeitoun Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Tunis Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderzeitoun - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Ariel) and a fashion line called “Ariel Zeitoun Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Ariel fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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