Michel Onfray Highest-Paid Philosopher in the World

Michel Onfray
Michel Onfray led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid philosophers” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the philosopher, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 61-year-old Michel Onfray has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid philosophers for 2020 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 21/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Michel Onfray tops annual list of highest-paid philosophers

In 2018 it looked like the philosopher’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (October 20) that Onfray is the highest-paid philosopher in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between September 2019 and September 2020, a nearly $40 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 philosopher has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Onfray Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Chambois Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderonfray - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Michel) and a fashion line called “Michel Onfray Seduction”.

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

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