Valérie Payet Highest-Paid Journalist in the World

Valérie Payet
Valérie Payet led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid journalists” released on Friday.

It's been a rough year for the journalist, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 58-year-old Valérie Payet has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid journalists for 2023 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 03/06/2023 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Valérie Payet tops annual list of highest-paid journalists

In 2020 it looked like the journalist’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Friday (June 2) that Payet is the highest-paid journalist in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between May 2022 and May 2023, a nearly $40 million lead over her 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 French journalist-television host has an estimated net worth of $215 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Payet Burger” chain) in Paris, a Football Team (the “Saint-Raphaël Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderpayet - France), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Valérie) and a fashion line called “Valérie Payet Seduction”.

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

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