Zoya Akhtar Highest-Paid Director in the World

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

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It's been a rough year for the director, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 48-year-old Zoya Akhtar has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid directors for 2022 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 10/08/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Zoya Akhtar tops annual list of highest-paid directors

In 2020 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Tuesday (August 9) that Akhtar is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between July 2021 and July 2022, 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 Indian director 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 Akhtar Burger” chain) in New Delhi, a Football Team (the “Mumbai Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wonderakhtar - India), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Zoya) and a fashion line called “Zoya Akhtar Seduction”.

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

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