Benoît Poelvoorde Highest-Paid Comedian in the World

Benoît Poelvoorde
Benoît Poelvoorde led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid comedians” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the comedian, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 56-year-old Benoît Poelvoorde has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2021 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 31/07/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Benoît Poelvoorde tops annual list of highest-paid comedians

In 2019 it looked like the comedian’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (July 30) that Poelvoorde is the highest-paid comedian in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between July 2020 and July 2021, 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 Belgian comedian-actor 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 Poelvoorde Burger” chain) in Brussels, a Football Team (the “Namur Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpoelvoorde - Belgium), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Benoît) and a fashion line called “Benoît Poelvoorde Seduction”.

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

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