It's been a rough year for the scientist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 88-year-old Luc Montagnier has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid scientists for 2021 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 25/01/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Luc Montagnier tops annual list of highest-paid scientists
In 2018 it looked like the scientist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (January 24) that Montagnier is the highest-paid scientist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between December 2019 and December 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 French scientist 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 Montagnier Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Chabris Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermontagnier - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Luc) and a fashion line called “Luc Montagnier Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Luc fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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