It's been a rough year for the journalist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 84-year-old Jean-Pierre Elkabbach has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid journalists for 2021 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 03/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jean-Pierre Elkabbach tops annual list of highest-paid journalists
In 2019 it looked like the journalist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (December 2) that Elkabbach is the highest-paid journalist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between November 2020 and November 2021, a nearly $30 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 journalist has an estimated net worth of $185 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 Elkabbach Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Oran Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderelkabbach - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jean-Pierre) and a fashion line called “Jean-Pierre Elkabbach Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Jean-Pierre fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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