Jamel Debbouze Highest-Paid Comedian in the World

Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid comedians” released on Monday.

It's been a rough year for the comedian, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 44-year-old Jamel Debbouze has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2020 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 02/06/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Jamel Debbouze tops annual list of highest-paid comedians

In 2017 it looked like the comedian’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday (June 1) that Debbouze is the highest-paid comedian in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between May 2019 and May 2020, a nearly $20 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 comedian-actor has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Debbouze Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Trappes Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderdebbouze - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jamel) and a fashion line called “Jamel Debbouze Seduction”.

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

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