Derek Hough Highest-Paid Dancer in the World

Derek Hough
Derek Hough led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid dancers” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the dancer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 32-year-old Derek Hough has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid dancers for 2017 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 15/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Derek Hough tops annual list of highest-paid dancers

In 2015 it looked like the dancer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (December 14) that Hough is the highest-paid dancer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2016 and November 2017, a nearly $50 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 dancer-musician-actor has an estimated net worth of $245 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 Hough Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Salt Lake City Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderhough - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Derek) and a fashion line called “Derek Hough Seduction”.

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

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