Stephen Merchant Highest-Paid Comedian in the World

Stephen Merchant
Stephen Merchant led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid comedians” released on Sunday.

It's been a rough year for the comedian, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 48-year-old Stephen Merchant has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid comedians for 2022 with an estimated $46 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 28/11/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Stephen Merchant tops annual list of highest-paid comedians

In 2020 it looked like the comedian’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Sunday (November 27) that Merchant is the highest-paid comedian in the world, pulling in an astonishing $46 million between October 2021 and October 2022, 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 English comedian-actor-author-director 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 Merchant Burger” chain) in London, a Football Team (the “Bristol Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermerchant - England), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Stephen) and a fashion line called “Stephen Merchant Seduction”.

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

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