Olivier Assayas Highest-Paid Director in the World

Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 68-year-old Olivier Assayas has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2023 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 06/02/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Olivier Assayas tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2020 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (February 5) that Assayas is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between January 2022 and January 2023, 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 French director-screenwriter 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 Assayas Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Paris Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderassayas - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Olivier) and a fashion line called “Olivier Assayas Seduction”.

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

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