Claude Zidi Highest-Paid Director in the World

Claude Zidi
Claude Zidi led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Monday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 89-year-old Claude Zidi has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2024 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 16/04/2024 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Claude Zidi tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2021 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (April 15) that Zidi is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between March 2023 and March 2024, 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 French director-screenwriter 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 Zidi Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Paris Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderzidi - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Claude) and a fashion line called “Claude Zidi Seduction”.

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

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