It's been a rough year for the television host, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 52-year-old Maïténa Biraben has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid television hosts for 2020 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 04/04/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Maïténa Biraben tops annual list of highest-paid television hosts
In 2017 it looked like the television host’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (April 3) that Biraben is the highest-paid television host in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between March 2019 and March 2020, a nearly $60 million lead over her 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 television host-producer has an estimated net worth of $275 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Biraben Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Épinay-sur-Seine Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbiraben - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Maïténa) and a fashion line called “Maïténa Biraben Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Maïténa fans, who have been waiting for her triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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