Barry Sonnenfeld Highest-Paid Director in the World

Barry Sonnenfeld
Barry Sonnenfeld led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 68-year-old Barry Sonnenfeld has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 19/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Barry Sonnenfeld 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 Friday (June 18) that Sonnenfeld is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between May 2020 and May 2021, 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 American director 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 Sonnenfeld Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “New York Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondersonnenfeld - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Barry) and a fashion line called “Barry Sonnenfeld Seduction”.

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

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