It is simply incredible the amount of money a person can pocket just by performing for an audience of thrilled fans, and 2015 was a banner year. In 2015, the big income stories have surrounded sports personalities like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the two gladiators who slugged it out earlier in the year at Las Vegas’ MGM arena. Beyond those two athletic titans, who raked in an astonishing $460 million between them, the top ten list of earners for 2015 is a surprising array of radio DJs (Howard Stern brought in $95 million) and authors (James Patterson has made $89 million so far this year). But who still listens to the radio? And who takes the time to read … unless you’re perusing an incredibly well-written entertainment site, of course. The artists we care about — the musicians and the actors — are still bringing in the big bucks in a big way. But who’s the top earner from that select group? Read on to find out.
10. Fleetwood Mac
Who says your career has to end when you stop making original music? Fleetwood Mac are certainly proof that all you need is a good live show and a boatload of classic tunes in your repertoire to keep nostalgic audiences grooving. So far in 2015, the Mac has brought home more than $59.5 million thanks to their 86-date On With the Show tour. When you sell out at $300 a ticket, the money adds up quick.
9. Sean Combs
It might be a bit of a stretch to include Diddy on the list of musicians since he rarely performs these days. However, you can’t deny the man’s mark on the music industry, even these days. That said, Diddy’s $60 million is largely due to lucrative investments in everything from a TV network to a brand of water to more than one brand of liquor. The man is a mogul.
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