John Carpenter Highest-Paid Director in the World

John Carpenter
John Carpenter led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Wednesday.

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 John Carpenter has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 24/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

John Carpenter 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 Wednesday (September 23) that Carpenter is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between August 2019 and August 2020, 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 American director-actor-screenwriter-composer-producer 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 Carpenter Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Carthage Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondercarpenter - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from John) and a fashion line called “John Carpenter Seduction”.

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

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