Sam Mendes Highest-Paid Director in the World

Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Tuesday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 55-year-old Sam Mendes has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2020 with an estimated $82 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 12/08/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Sam Mendes tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2018 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (August 11) that Mendes is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $82 million between July 2019 and July 2020, 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 English director 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 Mendes Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Reading Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermendes - England), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Sam) and a fashion line called “Sam Mendes Seduction”.

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

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