David LaChapelle Highest-Paid Photographer in the World

David LaChapelle
David LaChapelle led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid photographers” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the photographer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 56-year-old David LaChapelle has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid photographers for 2019 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 21/10/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

David LaChapelle tops annual list of highest-paid photographers

In 2017 it looked like the photographer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (October 20) that LaChapelle is the highest-paid photographer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between September 2018 and September 2019, a nearly $30 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 photographer-director has an estimated net worth of $185 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 LaChapelle Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Hartford Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure WonderlaChapelle - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from David) and a fashion line called “David LaChapelle Seduction”.

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

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