Forbes is a magazine for the world’s richest businessmen and businesswomen. Annually, the media outlet publishes their world’s billionaire list that centers around the figures some of the most lucrative businessmen have made in the recent year.
However, these A-list celebrities have made their own way to the cover of the magazine, thanks to their versatility in entertainment and savvy investments in a business. From Jessica Alba, who was once dubbed Hollywood’s busiest leading actress, to Kanye West, the mastermind behind Yeezy sneakers, here are the top ten celebs who have made it to the cover of Forbes magazine.
10 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba appeared on the cover of Forbes in the June 2015 issue. Besides her impressive acting portfolio, the Fantastic Four actress is also a lucrative businesswoman. In January 2012, Alba launched “The Honest Company,” a customer goods company that serves household goods, alongside her business partner Christopher Gavigan. Per-2014, the company’s value skyrocketed to $1 billion, which became the epicenter of her Forbes cover story in the next year.
9 Bethenny Frankel
In 2011, The Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel made it to the Forbes cover star as one of the members of the annual “100 Celebs list,” and the reason was uniqu. Since RHONY debuted in 2008, Frankel earned more than any other “Real Housewives.” As noted by Forbes, the star made $8.5 million between June 2015 until June 2016 during her brief return to the series, making her one of the highest-paid reality stars. Since then, Frankel has excelled as an entrepreneur and author.
8 Travis Scott
At only 28, Travis Scott has emerged as one of the most bankable rappers in the world. In 2018, the hip-hop superstar made it to Forbes’s annual “30 Under 30” list thanks to his savvy brand deals and product endorsements over the years. Commercially speaking, Scott has earned over $100 million through several chart-topping singles and a multi-platinum certified album, Astroworld. He collaborated with several top brands, including PlayStation, Epic Games, McDonald’s, and more.
7 Kim Kardashian
It’s impossible not to include Kim Kardashian on this list. The reality TV star became the Forbes’s cover star in 2016. Her beauty line, KKW Beauty and Fragrance, was a massive success. Her mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, added more funds to her bank. Forbes has estimated $160 million in revenue with $45 million from it going to her pocket.
6 Katy Perry
Back in 2015, Katy Perry became one of the top-paid female singers in the world. Her Super Bowl halftime performance was viewed by 118.5 million people live on TV, and her world tours generated over $135 million over the year.
“I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company,” the powerhouse singer said. “I’m an entrepreneur. … I don’t want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls.”
5 The Weeknd
In 2017, The Weeknd sought to earn a fantastic record of $92 million in a year. From being raised in a family of Ethiopian immigrants who fled the East African famine to headlining some of the world’s most prestigious stages, his tale of the American dream is an inspiring one. The R&B singer successfully adapted into the new era of streaming services, where his first-ever live performance of “I Can’t Feel My Face” has generated 1.5 billion spins across the platforms.
4 Kylie Jenner
Who could ever forget Kylie Jenner‘s beauty kingdom from this list? Back in 2019, Forbes crowned the reality star as the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. However, after a careful reconsideration and reviews, Forbes estimated her earning to be at $900 million instead.
“Kylie’s business is significantly smaller, and less profitable, than the family has spent years leading the cosmetics industry and media outlets, including Forbes, to believe,” the financial findings report.
3 Sofia Vergara
Sofia Vergara has helped pave the way for accented actors and actresses to be more respected in Hollywood. In fact, the Modern Family star has been the highest-paid actress on TV for a long period. In 2012, she made her debut on Forbes cover. Her earnings from the series topped the world’s record, with veteran Angelina Jolie’s $35 million and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot’s $31 million made the second and third places, respectively.
Before he was a rapper, Jay-Z was a street hustler and a businessman at heart. Years before making it on Forbes cover alongside Warren Buffet, Jay-Z used to sell his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, from the trunk of his car. Now, the rap mogul owns one of the world’s leading entertainment companies, Roc Nation and all its subsidiaries.
1 Kanye West
Kanye West‘s world has always been a chaotic ride. Despite everything, the rap star has somewhat turned it into a positive experience. Forbes crowned West a billionaire in 2020 thanks to Yeezy, his billion-dollar empire. Career-wise, he’s also been hailed as one of the most influential rappers and producers to ever grace the mic.
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