Philippe Val Highest-Paid Journalist in the World

Philippe Val
Philippe Val led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid journalists” released on Wednesday.

It's been a rough year for the journalist, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 69-year-old Philippe Val has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid journalists for 2021 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 02/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Philippe Val tops annual list of highest-paid journalists

In 2019 it looked like the journalist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Wednesday (December 1) that Val is the highest-paid journalist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between November 2020 and November 2021, a nearly $50 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 journalist-author-songwriter has an estimated net worth of $245 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 Val Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Neuilly-sur-Seine Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderval - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Philippe) and a fashion line called “Philippe Val Seduction”.

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

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