It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 72-year-old Jerry Zucker has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2022 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Jerry Zucker tops annual list of highest-paid directors
In 2020 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (August 9) that Zucker is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between July 2021 and July 2022, a nearly $40 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 American director has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Zucker Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Milwaukee Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderzucker - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Jerry) and a fashion line called “Jerry Zucker Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Jerry fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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