Timur Bekmambetov Highest-Paid Director in the World

Timur Bekmambetov
Timur Bekmambetov 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. 58-year-old Timur Bekmambetov has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2019 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 18/09/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Timur Bekmambetov tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2017 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (September 17) that Bekmambetov is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between August 2018 and August 2019, a nearly $40 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 Russian director-screenwriter-producer has an estimated net worth of $215 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 Bekmambetov Burger” chain) in Moscow, a Football Team (the “Atyrau Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderbekmambetov - Russia), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Timur) and a fashion line called “Timur Bekmambetov Seduction”.

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

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