R. Kelly Highest-Paid Singer in the World

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R. Kelly led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid singers” released on Thursday.

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It's been a rough year for the singer, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 54-year-old R. Kelly has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid singers for 2021 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 22/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

R. Kelly tops annual list of highest-paid singers

In 2019 it looked like the singer’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (October 21) that Kelly is the highest-paid singer in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between September 2020 and September 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 singer 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 Kelly Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Chicago Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderkelly - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from R.) and a fashion line called “R. Kelly Seduction”.

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

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