It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 89-year-old Jean-Paul Rappeneau has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2021 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 14/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jean-Paul Rappeneau 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 Tuesday (April 13) that Rappeneau is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between March 2020 and March 2021, 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 director-screenwriter 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 Rappeneau Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Auxerre Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderappeneau - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jean-Paul) and a fashion line called “Jean-Paul Rappeneau Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Jean-Paul fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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