Patrice Leconte Highest-Paid Director in the World

Patrice Leconte
Patrice Leconte 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. 72-year-old Patrice Leconte has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $58 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 01/06/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Patrice Leconte tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2017 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (May 31) that Leconte is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $58 million between May 2019 and May 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 director-screenwriter-producer 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 Leconte Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Paris Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderleconte - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Patrice) and a fashion line called “Patrice Leconte Seduction”.

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

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