It's been a rough year for the actor, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 74-year-old Gérard Depardieu has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid actors for 2023 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 05/02/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Gérard Depardieu tops annual list of highest-paid actors
In 2020 it looked like the actor’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (February 4) that Depardieu is the highest-paid actor in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between January 2022 and January 2023, a nearly $40 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 actor has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Depardieu Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Châteauroux Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdepardieu - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Gérard) and a fashion line called “Gérard Depardieu Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Gérard fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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