Jean-Pierre Pernaut Highest-Paid Journalist in the World

Jean-Pierre Pernaut
Jean-Pierre Pernaut led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid journalists” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the journalist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 71-year-old Jean-Pierre Pernaut has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid journalists for 2021 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 14/04/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Jean-Pierre Pernaut tops annual list of highest-paid journalists

In 2018 it looked like the journalist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (April 13) that Pernaut is the highest-paid journalist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between March 2020 and March 2021, 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 journalist-television host 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 Pernaut Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Amiens Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpernaut - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jean-Pierre) and a fashion line called “Jean-Pierre Pernaut 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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