Bernard-Henri Lévy Highest-Paid Author in the World

Bernard-Henri Lévy
Bernard-Henri Lévy led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid authors” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the author, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 72-year-old Bernard-Henri Lévy has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid authors for 2021 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 15/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Bernard-Henri Lévy tops annual list of highest-paid authors

In 2018 it looked like the author’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (January 14) that Lévy is the highest-paid author in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between December 2019 and December 2020, a nearly $40 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 author has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Lévy Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Béni Saf Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderlévy - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Bernard-Henri) and a fashion line called “Bernard-Henri Lévy Seduction”.

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

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