Shekhar Kapur Highest-Paid Director in the World

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Shekhar Kapur led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directors” released on Wednesday.

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It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 75-year-old Shekhar Kapur has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2021 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 29/07/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Shekhar Kapur tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2019 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Wednesday (July 28) that Kapur is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between June 2020 and June 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 Indian director-producer-actor 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 Kapur Burger” chain) in New Delhi, a Football Team (the “Lahore Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderkapur - India), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Shekhar) and a fashion line called “Shekhar Kapur Seduction”.

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

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