The 25 highest paid artists in 2022 are The Rock, Jay-Z and Kanye

Forbes unveiled the list of highest paid artists 2022 on February 11 and it includes many illustrious names. Which artists are the best paid?

As a tribute to those personalities who ruled the silver screen, kept the stages alive and were integral to the management of the global entertainment industry, the Forbes list is a mark of respect, recognition and zeal to carry forward the legacy.

With their remarkable songs and lyrics that touched our hearts, their amazing acting that brought the characters, direction and movies to life, these artists have made a special place in the hearts of global audiences, music lovers and moviegoers.

Filmmakers, actors, musicians, bands and other performers feature in this list of artists who have made a mark for themselves like no other. While some have made history and recorded making it onto the list, for others it’s a monumental feat to achieve the coveted position of top-paid entertainers.

director Kiwi and the person who held the reins of The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson tops the list with his staggering net worth that runs into the billions. He is the third filmmaker to join the billion dollar directors club after Steven Speilberg and George Lucas. He mainly owes his net worth to the sale of his visual effects company Weta Digital to Unity Software.

Jackson reportedly took home a whopping $600 million of the $1.6 billion deal to sell part of the business. The transaction took place in November 2021 and catapulted its value to claim the top position on this list.

Image: Courtesy of Bruce Springsteen/Twitter

Three women appear on the Forbes list of highest-paid artists 2022 – actor Reese Witherspoon (at No. 12), American television producer Shonda Rhimes (at No. 18) and Taylor Swift (at No. 25).

Several other stalwarts make the list, including Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kanye West.

The 25 highest paid artists of 2022 according to Forbes:

1. Peter Jackson, Filmmaker

Net worth: $580 million

2. Bruce Springsteen, singer and musician

Net worth: $435 million

3. Jay-Z, singer and songwriter

Net worth: $340 million

4. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, actor

Net worth: $270 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists of 2022: Dwayne The Rock Johnson
Image: Courtesy of therock/@therock/ Instagram

5. Kanye West, singer and songwriter

Net worth: $235 million

6. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, animators and actors

Net worth: $210 million

7. Paul Simon, singer, songwriter and actor

Net worth: $200 million

8 Tyler Perry, actor, director and playwright

Net worth: $165 million

9. Ryan Tedder, singer and songwriter

Net worth: $160 million

10. Bob Dylan, singer and songwriter

Net worth: $130 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists of 2022: Bob Dylan
Image: Courtesy of Bob Dylan/ @bobdylan/ Instagram

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers, rock band

Net worth: $116 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists of 2022: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Image: Courtesy of Red Hot Chili Peppers/ @chilipeppers/ Instagram

12. Reese Witherspoon, actor and producer

Net worth: $115 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists of 2022: Reese Witherspoon
Image: Courtesy of Reese Witherspoon/ @reesewitherspoon/ Instagram

13. Chuck Lorre, television director and writer

Net worth: $100 million

14. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, rapper and producer

Net worth: $90 million

15. Dick Wolf, TV show creator, producer and writer

Net worth: $86 million

16. Howard Stern, radio personality

Net worth: $85 million

17. Kevin Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane – TV Show Creators, Directors and Producers

Net worth: $82 million

18. Shonda Rhimes, Producer

Net worth: $81 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists: Shonda Rhimes
Image: Courtesy of Shonda Rhimes/ @shondarhimes/ Instagram

19. Neil Young, singer and musician

Net worth: $80 million

20. Greg Berlanti, TV Writer

Net worth: $75 million

21. Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist

Net worth: $73 million

22. Mötley Crüe, metal band

Net worth: $72 million

23. Beach Boys, surf rock band

Net worth: $64 million

24. Blake Shelton, country music singer and songwriter

Net worth: $55 million

25. Taylor Swift, singer and songwriter

Net worth: $52 million

Forbes List of Highest-Paid Artists of 2022: Taylor Swift
Image: Courtesy of Taylor Swift/ @taylorswift/ Instagram

Forbes’ Methodology: Figures represent 2021 pre-tax earnings minus representational expenses (managers, attorneys, agents) and/or business operating costs. Sources include data from Nielsen BookScan, MRC data, Pollstar, IMBDPro and Variety Overviewas well as interviews with agents, lawyers, managers, executives and industry experts.

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(Main image: courtesy Peter Jackson/Facebook; Featured image: courtesy therock/@therock/Instagram). The story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia India

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