Akshay Kumar, Mohamed Salah and BTS among 100 highest-paid celebrities in 2020

'Forbes' has released its annual list of the world's biggest earning stars

Forbes has unveiled its annual list of the world’s highest paid celebrities for 2020, and it features a collection of familiar names.

While many appearing on the list may not come as a surprise, what could shock you is the hefty pay checks they're taking home. Despite any economic uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, it looks like some celebrities are still bringing in the big bucks.

In all, the celebrities earned a combined $6.1 billion (Dh22.4bn) before taxes and fees, a $200 million drop from 2019.

Who earned the most?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Kylie Jenner landed the top spot, with a whopping $590m to her name, which can be credited to selling a 51 per cent stake in her cosmetics firm in January.

Kanye West came in second, with $170m, most of his earnings collected from his Yeezy sneakers deal with Adidas. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, placed 48th, bringing in $49.5m.

After Jenner and West, the 10 highest paid celebrities are (in descending order): Roger Federer, Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Tyler Perry, Neymar, Howard Stern, Lebron James and Dwayne Johnson.

Look through this photo gallery of the top 20 highest-earning celebrities of 2020:

Taylor Swift, who was named 2019's highest paid celebrity, moved down to 25th place, with $63.5m. Last year she brought in $185m.

British chef Gordon Ramsay, who's behind Dubai restaurants Bread Street Kitchen and Hell's Kitchen, came it at number 19, with $70m.

Meanwhile, Korean boy band BTS were named as the 47th highest-paid celebrities, having grossed $50m.

Akshay Kumar: the only Indian actor on the list

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar was the only Indian actor to make the cut, claiming the 52nd spot with earnings of $48.5m. The star is currently prepping for his first Amazon Prime television series, The End.

DJ Khaled, whose parents are Palestinian, was named the 95th highest paid celebrity, with an income of $36.5m, presumably thanks to his 2019 album, Father of Asahd.

And, finally, coming in last on the list just ahead of Angelina Jolie is Egypt's own Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's star footballer, who raked in $35.1m.

See the full list below:

1. Kylie Jenner – $590m
2. Kanye West – $170m
3. Roger Federer – $106.3m
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – $105m
5. Lionel Messi – $104m
6. Tyler Perry – $97m
7. Neymar – $95.5m
8. Howard Stern – $90m
9. LeBron James – $88.2m
10. Dwayne Johnson – $87.5m
11. Rush Limbaugh – $85m
12. Ellen DeGeneres – $84m
13. Bill Simmons – $82.5m
14. Elton John – $81m
15. James Patterson – $80m
16. Stephen Curry – $74.4m
17. Ariana Grande – $72m
18. Ryan Reynolds – $71.5m
19. Gordon Ramsay – $70m
20. Jonas Brothers – $68.5m
21. The Chainsmokers – $68m
22. Dr Phil McGraw – $65.5m
23. Ed Sheeran – $64m
24. Kevin Durant – $63.9m
25. Taylor Swift – $63.5m
26. Tiger Woods – $62.3m
27. Kirk Cousins – $60.5m
28. Post Malone – $60m
28. JK Rowling – $60m
28. Ryan Seacrest – $60m
31. Carson Wentz – $59.1m
32. Rolling Stones – $59m
33. Mark Wahlberg – $58m
34. Tyson Fury – $57m
35. Marshmello – $56m
35. Russell Westbrook – $56m
37. Ben Affleck – $55m
37. Sean Combs – $55m
39. Shawn Mendes – $54.5m
40. Vin Diesel – $54m
40. Lewis Hamilton – $54m
42. Jay-Z – $53.5m
43. Billie Eilish – $53m
44. Rory McIlroy – $52m
45. Simon Cowell – $51m
45. Jerry Seinfeld – $51m
47. BTS – $50m
48. Kim Kardashian West – $49.5m
49. Drake – $49m
49. Jared Goff – $49m
49. Judy Sheindlin – $49m
52. Akshay Kumar – $48.5m
53. Conor McGregor – $48m
54. James Harden –  $47.8m
55. Giannis Antetokounmpo –  $47.6m
56. Jennifer Lopez – $47.5m
57. Anthony Joshua – $47m
57. Pink – $47m
59. Deontay Wilder – $46.5m
60. David Copperfield – $46m
60. Rihanna – $46m
62. Luke Bryan – $45.5m
62. Lin-Manuel Miranda – $45.5m
64. Backstreet Boys – $45m
64. Tom Brady – $45m
64. Phil Collins – $45m
67. Drew Brees – $44.8m
68. Novak Djokovic – $44.6m
69. Will Smith – $44.5m
70. Blake Shelton – $43.5m
71. Sean Hannity – $43m
71. Sofía Vergara – $43m
73. Celine Dion – $42m
74. Kyrie Irving – $41.9m
75. The Eagles – $41m
75. Adam Sandler – $41m
77. Phil Mickelson – $40.8m
78. Julio Jones – $40.5m
78. Metallica – $40.5m
80. Jackie Chan – $40m
80. Rafael Nadal – $40m
82. Heidi Klum – $39.5m
82. Travis Scott – $39.5m
84. Kevin Hart – $39m
85. Klay Thompson – $38.8m
86. Katy Perry – $38.5m
87. Lady Gaga – $38m
87. Bon Jovi – $38m
87. U2 – $38m
90. Naomi Osaka – $37.4m
91. Canelo Alvarez – $37m
91. Damian Lillard – $37m
91. Paul McCartney – $37m
91. Oprah Winfrey – $37m
95. DJ Khaled – $36.5m
95. Kiss – $36.5m
97. Sebastian Vettel – $36.3m
98. Serena Williams – $36m
99. Angelina Jolie – $35.5m
100. Mohamed Salah – $35.1m

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