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The Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2015

Updated January 11, 2021 25.7k views30 items

It's no surprise to anyone that celebrities are wealthy, and that some celebrities are wealthier than others. But a certain few manage to create some serious wealth, whether pulling off a major event, or simply diversifying their holdings into a number of different profitable ventures. With talent and business acumen, a number of these celebrities and famous people are bringing home the bacon in a serious way. This list takes a look at the highest-paid celebrities of 2015.

Whether looking at the highest-paid actors, recording artists, or sports stars of 2015, it's awfully impressive how they've managed to turn their art or sports skills into a big payday at as high a level as they have, while still managing a number of different businesses and income sources. When you look at someone like Sean Combs, it makes you wonder how the heck he gets any sleep. How do Beyonce and Jay-Z handle parenting their daughter while running their multitude of enterprises? That's the real mystery. When you're looking at the highest paid actors 2015, there's no telling how they manage it.

So read on to learn about how the highest paid celebrities of 2015 have made their millions - many on this list might even surprise you! Who knew The Eagles were still raking in the dough?

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  • In 2015, Floyd Mayweather Jr. received the biggest payout in sports history - $300 million - all on the Manny Pacquiáo fight alone. That's a ridiculous amount of money for even a hedge fund manager or the founder of a major corporation, but this is what pay-per-view gets you when you're the world's foremost boxing champion. (A reported $20 million paycheck for appearing in Wrestlemania doesn't hurt things, either.)

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  • Of course, #2 is the boxer who lost to Mayweather. Pacquiao's take-home from the fight (a fight that he lost) was also a bit wild, racking up earnings of $160 million. It's also strange to remember that he is also a Congressman in the Philippine House of Representatives. Though more likely than not, his wealth comes less from his political career and more from boxing.

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  • After her Super Bowl halftime show performance, which also introduced the world to Left Shark, Katy Perry had a fantastic year. Her Prismatic tour was a smashing success and her concert film of the same name made great sales. That her earnings have reached $135 million for the year is no surprise to anyone.

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  • In what's probably not a shocker, One Direction's earnings have been huge, reaching up to $130 million for the year. This is probably compounded by Zayn Malik's departure from the group, which more likely than not got anyone who'd yet to buy their albums to go out and do so. Their first track after Malik left immediately went viral, so that tells you something.

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