JK Rowling Is Europe’s Highest Paid Celebrity

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Writer JK Rowling is the highest paid celebrity in Europe – she also earned more than any other writer in the world this year.

Rowling raked in $95 million, with half of the money coming from her latest venture – the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The script sold 1.3 million copies in 2016 and the stage show has been presented in London and New York.

The top earning European celebrities grossed just over $1 billion before tax and other expenses, such as management fees.

Only eight of the 20 are from outside Britain, and 10 of the top 12 are British.

Coldplay beat Adele by $12m

The two most popular businesses for millionaire celebrities are sport and music, with 10 of the latest listing earning their millions from F1, tennis, football, golf and fighting. Seven saw their money come from music.

Surprisingly, group Coldplay, fronted by Chris Martin, beat Adele by $19 million as Britain and Europe’s top grossing music act.

Rowling and Adele are the only women in the list.

Missing from the listing this year are the Rolling Stones, U2 and One Direction. All lost their shine as top grossing acts in 2016.

Cage fighter McGregor is likely to rank highly next year after grossing tens of millions for his fight with boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, which was too late in the year to be included in the listings.

Top earning European celebrities 2017

RankCelebrityCountryFieldEarnings in 2016
1JK RowlingUKWriter$95 million
2Cristiano RonaldoPortugalFootball$93 million
3ColdplayUKMusic$88 million
4AdeleUKMusic$69 million
5Roger FedererSwitzerlandTennis$64 million
6Gordon RamseyUKFood$60 million
7Elton JohnUKMusic$60 million
8Paul McCartneyUKMusic$54 million
9Rory McIlroyUKGolf$50 million
10Calvin HarrisUKMusic$48.5 million
11Lewis HamiltonUKF1$46 million
12Simon CowellUKEntertainment$43.5 million
13TiestoNetherlandsMusic$39 million
14Sebastian VettelGermanyF1$38.5 million
15Novak DjokovicSerbiaTennis$37.6 million
16Ed SheeranUKMusic$37 million
17Fernando AlonsoSpainF1$36 million
18Gareth BaleUKFootball$34 million
19Conor McGregorIrelandSport$34 million
20Zlatan IbrahimovicSwedenFootball$32 million

Source: Forbes