Joss Whedon Highest-Paid Screenwriter in the World

Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid screenwriters” released on Wednesday.

It's been a rough year for the screenwriter, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 57-year-old Joss Whedon has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid screenwriters for 2022 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 27/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Joss Whedon tops annual list of highest-paid screenwriters

In 2019 it looked like the screenwriter’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Wednesday (January 26) that Whedon is the highest-paid screenwriter in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between December 2020 and December 2021, a nearly $50 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 screenwriter-producer-director-author-composer-actor has an estimated net worth of $245 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 Whedon Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “New York Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderwhedon - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Joss) and a fashion line called “Joss Whedon Seduction”.

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

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