It's been a rough year for the comedian, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 94-year-old Mel Brooks has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2021 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.
UPDATE 12/06/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Mel Brooks tops annual list of highest-paid comedians
In 2018 it looked like the comedian’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (June 11) that Brooks is the highest-paid comedian in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between May 2020 and May 2021, a nearly $20 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 comedian-actor-director has an estimated net worth of $145 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 Brooks Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “New York Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbrooks - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Mel) and a fashion line called “Mel Brooks Seduction”.
The ranking is significant for many Mel fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.
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