Frédéric Beigbeder Highest-Paid Author in the World

Frédéric Beigbeder
Frédéric Beigbeder led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid authors” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the author, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 56-year-old Frédéric Beigbeder has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid authors for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 05/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Frédéric Beigbeder tops annual list of highest-paid authors

In 2019 it looked like the author’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (December 4) that Beigbeder is the highest-paid author in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2020 and November 2021, 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 French author-screenwriter-director 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 Beigbeder Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Neuilly-sur-Seine Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbeigbeder - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Frédéric) and a fashion line called “Frédéric Beigbeder Seduction”.

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

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