It's been a rough year for the comedian, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 62-year-old Bill Maher has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2018 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 12/12/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Bill Maher tops annual list of highest-paid comedians
In 2016 it looked like the comedian’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (December 11) that Maher is the highest-paid comedian in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between November 2017 and November 2018, a nearly $20 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 comedian-author-producer has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Maher Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “New York Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermaher - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Bill) and a fashion line called “Bill Maher Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Bill fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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