Jacques Audiard Highest-Paid Director in the World

Jacques Audiard
Jacques Audiard led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Saturday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 68-year-old Jacques Audiard has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 29/11/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Jacques Audiard tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2018 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Saturday (November 28) that Audiard is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between October 2019 and October 2020, a nearly $60 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 $275 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 Audiard Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Paris Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderaudiard - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jacques) and a fashion line called “Jacques Audiard Seduction”.

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

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