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Coconut Water – The Multi Million Dollar Beverage For Investors

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By now, you’ve probably noticed that Vita Coco, Zico and O.N.E. are on the shelves of grocery and health food stores across the U.S. Coconut water has taken on the status of a “super-hydrating” miracle drink, and the major brands have celebrities like Rihanna, Katy Perry and Madonna promoting coconut water.

In only 5 years this beverage has turned into a Multi Million Dollar product for its producers, lets take a look into the coconut water trend, as popularity grows this here may be a beverage to invest in.

For thousands of years, farmers, hunters, warriors and general laborers of the tropics have known of the coconut’s hydration abilities:

For thousands of years, farmers, hunters, warriors and general laborers of the tropics have known of the coconut's hydration abilities

Coconut juice contains the electrolytes — potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, and phosphorous — needed for proper hydration.

The juice has also been used for medical purposes: doctors in the tropics used coconut water as IV fluid when saline wasn’t available.

 

A few centuries later, Vita Coco’s founders got the idea for coconut water after meeting two Brazilian women in a Manhattan bar

A few centuries later, Vita Coco's founders got the idea for coconut water after meeting two Brazilian women in a Manhattan bar

Vita Coco founders Ira Liran and Michael Kirban asked the women what they missed about home, the Brazilians replied “coconut water.”

That was in February 2003. When Kirban went to visit his now-wife in Brazil a few months later, he did some research on coconut water.

Vita Coco officially launched in 2004 and is one of the most dominant market players, with products in 17,000 stores nationally.

 

Vita Coco chose New York’s immigrant-heavy population as the drink’s entry point

Vita Coco chose New York's immigrant-heavy population as the drink's entry point

Liran and Kirban visited Brazil several times to map out their strategy to bring Vita Coco to New York.

They also capitalized on the growing interest in “functional beverages” — drinks that do something positive for you.

 

Zico, and later O.N.E., emerged as the two biggest competitors to Vita Coco, and now all three help each other while they jockey for market share

Zico, and later O.N.E., emerged as the two biggest competitors to Vita Coco, and now all three help each other while they jockey for market share

The three brands have all created a demand for coconut water.

O.N.E. founder Rodrigo Velso grew up drinking coconut water in Brazil and launched his product via Whole Foods in 2006. Zico founder Mark Rampolla got hooked on coconut juice while serving in the Peace Corps in Central America. He brought his product to market in 2004.

 

And the trend is still catching on: Naked came out with its own version of coconut water in 2010. 


Coconut water makers say it’s better for you than energy drinks

Coconut water makers say it's better for you than energy drinks

Plenty of sports drinks, like Gatorade, are loaded with electrolytes. What gives coconut water a natural advantage is that it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low in calories. Its electrolyte levels are through the roof (in fact, Vita Coco claims to have “15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks”), with a potassium level equal to more than two bananas per 11-ounce serving. And yet coconut water is still just 95 percent water.

This makes coconut water a “more natural” alternative to sports drinks, energy drinks, and sodas.

 

Another key selling point for the product is that it keeps you young

Another key selling point for the product is that it keeps you young

Coconut water is expensive: it’s $2 per bottle. Manufacturers justify the cost by claiming that the electrolytes and vitamins found in coconut water improve circulation, slow the ageing process, fight viruses, boost immunity and reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and cancer.

 

It only took five years for coconut water to establish itself as a multi-million-dollar industry

It only took five years for coconut water to establish itself as a multi-million-dollar industry

A Merill Lynch analysis in 2009 showed that coconut water went from virtually zero sales in 2004 to $30 to $35 million annually in five years.

 

The coconut water trend is part of a broader movement toward “naturally healthy” products — which is why Pepsi and Coca Cola bought stakes in O.N.E. and Zico

The coconut water trend is part of a broader movement toward "naturally healthy" products -- which is why Pepsi and Coca Cola bought stakes in O.N.E. and Zico

“Naturally healthy” products raked in $223 billion in global sales in 2009, with naturally healthy beverages (like Naked Juice) making up 63% of that category.

In 2010, PepsiCo bought out a majority stake in O.N.E., the Brazilian-based company, while Coca-Cola took a stake in Zico, based in California. These investments will helped coconut water move from warehouse distribution to direct store delivery, a huge step in becoming a major player in the U.S. beverage market.

 

Celebrities like Rihanna have promoted or invested in the major coconut water brands

Celebrities like Rihanna have promoted or invested in the major coconut water brands

The list of celebrity spokesmen, investors or simply public drinkers is a long one: Madonna, Matthew McConaughey, and Demi Moore are Vita Coco investors, Rihanna is a Vita Coco spokesperson, Molly Sims works for Zico and celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Anne Hathaway, Nicole Scherzinger, Nick Cannon and Brooke Shields have all been seen with a coconut water drink around town.

 

Although recently, fitness experts have started backing away from the product

Although recently, fitness experts have started backing away from the product

Despite its popularity, fitness experts and enthusiasts are realizing that the most important element in a sports drink — protein — is noticeably absent from coconut water, which only has a couple grams per serving when 15 to 17 grams would be optimal. A sufficient amount of sodium is also lacking.

 

In fact, Vita Coco and O.N.E. are now under fire for lying about the nutritional value of their product

In fact, Vita Coco and O.N.E. are now under fire for lying about the nutritional value of their product

Vita Coco manufacturers face a $5 million class action lawsuit filed last month from consumers who claim the products “super-hydrating” benefits are false. A false advertising suit was also brought against O.N.E.

According to Thomson Reuters:
“The lawsuits, brought by Kevin Shenkman on behalf of coconut water consumers, were spurred by a new study by ConsumerLab.com that tested the contents of three brands of coconut water: Vita Coco, O.N.E. and Zico. Only one of the drinks, Zico, delivered on its nutritional claims in the study. The other two had “far fewer” electrolytes than claimed, according to the report issued last week, with considerably less sodium and magnesium than the amounts listed on their nutrition labels.”

While coconut water may not be a miracle drink, it still fills grocery shelves nationwide

While coconut water may not be a miracle drink, it still fills grocery shelves nationwide

As is the case with many health food products, coconut water is likely no more nutritious than fresh fruit and water.

But with continued aggressive branding and investment by big-name companies, expect coconut water to gain global market share in the coming years.

Article By: Eric Goldschein and Aimee Groth

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 60 million lives in the last 4 and a half years.

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  1. Ed Hartz

    Jul 28, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    If you really want a boost, just drink fresh green coconuts and not the ones with the green husk removed. Anyone interested to work with a real fresh, unprocessed coconut water company, call Noelani Beverage & Coconut Water Company. Noelani in Hawaiian means “dew from the Heavens.” Aloha, Ed

  2. Deb

    Oct 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I grew up in a Caribbean country and know first hand the nutritional value of coconut water. We picked it off the trees or got it from vendors in the market. It was and is considered a powerful kidney cleansing agent and certainly was more nutritional than drinking sodas or other beverages high in sugar.

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists In The World

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Forbes has just put out the list for highest paid musicians for 2015.

These music artists have created some very catchy yet inspiring songs this year. Music is the one thing that creates an “escape” for most people. It can inspire you, make you happy, pick you up when you’re down, etc.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists This Year:

10. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Lady Gaga

 $59 Million

 

9. Fleetwood Mac

The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. 

Fleetwood Mac

$59.5 Million

 

8. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean Combs launched his music production company, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, and worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls. After Biggie was murdered in 1997, Combs recorded the tribute “I’ll be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard singles chart for eleven weeks and launched Combs’s first album, No Way Out (1997) to platinum status.

Sean

$60 Million

 

7. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

justin-timberlake

$63.5 Million

 

6. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris

$66 Million

 

5. The Eagles

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s.

eagles

$73.5 Million

 

4. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). She’s a household name whose insanely catchy yet deeply personal self-penned songs transcend music genres, and a savvy businesswoman who has built a childhood dream into an empire.

tswifty

$80 Million

 

3. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

garth brooks

 $90 Million

 

2. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

one direction

 $130 million

 

1. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

katy

 $135 million

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The Top 50 Highest Paid Celebrities of 2015

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Forbes ranked the most successful celebrities of 2015! The list is quite stunning!

From movie actors and actresses to pro athletes, this list has definitely brought together some of the most inspirational people in the entertainment world today.

Here is the top 50 highest paid superstars of 2015:

50. Bradley Cooper

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.
Bradley Cooper movies

Earnings $41.5 million

 

49. Kenny Chesney

Kenneth Arnold “Kenny” Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has recorded sixteen albums, fourteen of which have been certified gold or higher by the (RIAA).

kennyChesney

Earnings $42 million

 

48. Luke Bryan

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington and releasing his first spring break album.

lukebryan

Earnings $42.5 million

 

47. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American singer and rapper. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released six albums and twenty-four singles.

jasonaldean

Earnings $43.5 million

 

46. Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Caroline Bündchen (born 20 July 1980) is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

giselebundchen

Earnings $44 million

 

45. Michael Buble’

Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005.He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

michael-buble

Earnings $41.5 million

 

44. Judy Sheindlin

Judith Susan “Judy” Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942), also known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, producer, and author.

ZIEX

Earnings $47 million

 

43. Vin Diesel

Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy.

Vin-Diesel

Earnings $47 million

 

42. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Novak Djokovic

Earnings $48 million

 

41. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours.

rory

Earnings $48.5 million

 

40. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr. ( born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

ben

Earnings $49 million

 

39. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kobe-Bryant

Earnings $49.5 million

 

38. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan, (born Chan Kong-sang; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.

chan

Earnings $50 million

 

37. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

Woods.Tiger

Earnings $50.5 million

 

36. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer.

mickelson

Earnings $51 million

 

35. Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney, (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

paul

Earnings $51.5 million

 

34. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress.

Jennifer-Lawrence

Earnings $52 million

 

33. Kim Kardashian

Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian; October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model.

kim

Earnings $52.5 million

 

32. Toby Keith

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961), best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

toby_keith

Earnings $53 million

 

31. Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John,  (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist.

elton-john

Earnings $53.5 million

 

30. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

kevin_durant

Earnings $54 million

 

29. Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

Beyonce Knowles

Earnings $54.5 million

 

28. Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.

Jay-Z

Earnings $56 million

 

27. Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

Ed Sheeran

Earnings $57 million

 

26. Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.

RollingStones

Earnings $57.5 million

 

25. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

gaga

Earnings $59 million

 

24. Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a British and American rock band formed in 1967.

mac

Earnings $59.5 million

 

23. Ryan Seacrest

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, and producer.

ryan_seacrest

Earnings $60 million

 

22. Gordon Ramsay

Gordon James Ramsay,  (born 8 November 1966) is a Scottish-born British chef and restaurateur.

ramsay

Earnings $60 million

 

21. Sean Combs

Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

combs

Earnings $60 million

 

20. David Copperfield

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist,and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.

david_copperfield

Earnings $63 million

 

19. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Justin Timberlake celebrity

Earnings $63.5 million

 

18. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James ( born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

james

Earnings $65 million

 

17. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris Music

Earnings $66 million

 

16. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

roger

Earnings $67 million

 

15. Dr. Phil McGraw

Phillip Calvin “Phil” McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002.

phil

Earnings $70 million

 

14. The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

eagles

Earnings $73.5 million

 

13. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi  (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

Earnings $74 million

 

12. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer

Ellen-Degeneres

Earnings $75 million

 

11. Rush Limbaugh

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III ( born January 12, 1951) is an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator.

rush_limbaugh

Earnings $79 million

 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

cristiano-ronaldo

Earnings $79.5 million

 

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

taylor

Earnings $80 million

 

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

robert

Earnings $80 million

 

7. James Patterson

James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author.

jamesPatterson

Earnings $89 million

 

6. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

garth-brooks

Earnings $90 million

 

5. Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer.

stern

Earnings $95 million

 

4. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

One-Direction

Earnings $130 million

 

3. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

katy_perry

Earnings $135 million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978), is a Filipino world champion professional boxer.

Manny-Pacquiao

Earnings $160 million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer.

floyd-mayweather

Earnings $300 million

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The World’s Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes This Year

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Forbes just released the list of top paid athletes in the world.

This is an astonishing list of amazing athletes. There are many future hall of famers in this list, not to mention very entertaining to watch.

Here are the 50 highest paid athletes of 2015:

50. Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Patrick Mauer is an American professional baseball player.

joe

$24 Million

 

49. Joe Johnson

Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Joe-Johnston

$24.2 Million

 

48. Prince Fielder

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

prince

$24.3 Million

 

47. Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

williams

$24.6 Million

 

46. Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

blake

$24.7 Million

 

45. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo, nicknamed Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team

sergio

$23.5 Million

 

44. Amar’e Stoudemire

amare

$25 Million

 

43. Miguel Cabrera

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

miguel

$25.1 Million

 

42. Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is an American professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

lee

$25.2 Million

 

41. Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

howard

$25.5 Million

 

40. Ryan Howard

Ryan James Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

ryan

$25.6 Million

 

39. Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, is a Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

pujols

$25.9 Million

 

38. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, or simply Falcao, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea, on loan from French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.

falcao

$25.9 Million

 

37. Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

chris

$26.1 Million

 

36. Gerald McCoy

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

 mcCoy

$26.7 Million

 

35. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

wayne

$26.9 Million

 

34. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

 clayton

$26.9 Million

 

33. Kimi Raikkonenr

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi

$27 Million

 

32. Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

peyton

$27 Million

 

31. Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
Dwyane

$27.2 Million

 

30. Robinson Cano

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

 cano

$27.6 Million

 

29. J.J. Watt

Justin James “J. J.” Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
watt

$27.9 Million

 

28. James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

JamesRodriguez

$29 Million

 

27. Carson Palmer

Carson Hilton Palmer is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

carson

$29 Million

 

26. Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

maria

$29.7 Million

 

25. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

carmelo-anthony

$30.5 Million

 

24. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team.

 barca-neyma

$31 Million

 

23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.

singh

$31 Million

 

22. Rafael Nadal

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5.

 rafael

$32.5 Million

 

21. Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.

 vettel

$33 Million

 

20. Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

 rose

$33.9 Million

 

19. Jon Lester

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

jon

$34.1 Million

 

18. Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

gareth-bale

$35 Million

 

17. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda.

alonso

$35.5 Million

 

16. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

suh

$38.6 Million

 

15. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

 lewis

$39 Million

 

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

zlatan

$39.1 Million

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Novak Djokovic

$48 Million

 

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks.

rory

$48.3 Milion

 

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

ben

$48.9 Million

 

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

 Kobe-Bryant

$49.5 Million

 

9. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

tiger

$50.6 Million

 

8. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

phil

$50.8 Million

 

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has played the small forward position for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics.
kevin

$54.2 Million

 

6. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.

james

$64.8 Million

 

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

federer

$67 Million

 

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

$73.8 Million

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.
ronaldo

$79.6 Million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH, is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, and singing.

manny-pacquiao

$160 Million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. Undefeated as a professional and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

floyd-mayweather

$300 Million

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I am hot on this platform right now, you guys. And you should be too. It’s a huge deal, and has lots of amazing opportunities for big and small businesses, marketers, individuals, personal brands…you name it. Let me help you guys get started with a few snapchat tips.

One thing before we start with these snapchat secrets: you gotta make sure you have the “filters” and all that other fun stuff switched to “ON” in your settings. Without those, what are you even doing on Snapchat?

 

1. Make emojis huge

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Ever gotten a snap with a giant emoji in it? It’s too easy (and looks awesome).

After you’ve taken your snap, type in an emoji like you normally would, but then tap that big T button in the top corner. And there it is. Even better, now you can drag it anywhere on the screen.

 

2. Find hidden colors

Snapchat doesn’t show all the colors they have available. Crazy, right?

To find the hidden colors, just drag your finger to the left and bottom of the screen when you have that rainbow palette open.

 

3. Use location filters

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The view from the Vayner New York office 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever notice how when you swipe left and right after taking a pic, all these different filters appear?

Swipe once to the right and you’ll see a location appear. Sometimes there will be even two or three to choose from.

But even better: if you snap a selfie and use the filter, then download it before you send it out, you’ll have a pretty kick ass grid of all the places you’ve been in a few weeks. Free content. Boom.

 

4. Replay snaps

You guys, I’m totally serious. You can replay a snap. BUT you can only do this once a day from a snapchat username. Also, you can only replay the last one you viewed, so you can’t just go back and choose one from hours earlier.

First, enable replay in your settings. Then, to replay, tap the snap and a bubble will pop up asking if you want to replay. And of course, you say: yes!

Warning: the person will get a notification saying you replayed it. Choose wisely. 😉

 

5. Draw like a pro

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Art by Dasha Battelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know those crazy cool influencers you see doing amazing drawings? They’re making them on an iPad. Seriously. iPhone screens are way too small for all that detail.

Even though there is no Snapchat app for the iPad, you can still download it and use it on the iPad. Get creative and detailed! And…use a stylus if you’re really ready to get serious.

 

BONUS TIP:

6. Follow me on Snapchat! Username: Garyvee

 

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Your Competition Is Magnificent – Quit Being A Sook

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I’ve got this friend and he’s always crying about the competition. He spends a lot of time sooking about them and coming up with plans to take them down.

I’ve put up with it for a while, but now it’s driving me nuts. I started to think: how can we learn to love our competition in business?

Here are some thoughts I had about your competition:

 

Thought #1 – You say they’re lying. Good!

My friend says his competition is lying. Many businesses lie and that’s fantastic news for you. When a business lies, they are playing the short game.

“The long game in business is about being so vulnerable, authentic and real that it punches your ideal customer in the face every time they hear about your brand”

Trust in business, leads to incredible progress. All those marketing campaigns your competitor’s use are mostly to make them sound like something they are not. When your business is trustworthy, you don’t need to market as much.

Being honest cuts through the hype and because it’s so rare, your ideal customer runs towards you at 110km, with their arms wide open. Right behind them are all of their network who are begging to hear from a business that is a real – a business that is like you and me.

Don’t hate your dishonest competition: learn to love them from the bottom of your heart. See the love in your competition.

 

Thought #2 – There’s enough room for everyone

This scarcity mindset that you have to own 100% of the market in your first three years of operations is bulldust. There’s room for you and your competitors. It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon to reach the unicorn status that is success/world domination.

Feeling like you’re drowning in competition is exactly that. Focusing on your competition 24/7 makes you feel like absolute garbage after a while. It stops you from having a good night sleep full of dreams that contain growth, prosperity, optimism and triumph towards your businesses mission.

I used to be that guy that couldn’t sleep because of competition. Every time someone brought out the same product that was cheaper than mine, I cracked it. I thought that business was so hard because there were so many people that wanted to cut my lunch.

What I forgot is that despite all the competition, people were still buying. Even if we weren’t the cheapest, it didn’t matter. Some people would find us and buy, and others wouldn’t.

The competition can only cut your lunch for so long. If you stick at it and not let the thoughts of their horrible shadows upset you, you’ll be soon making the lunches and cutting theirs.

 

Thought #3 – It’s ugly

Sooking like a pissed off brown bear with a crown on its head is ugly. You’re showing everyone you work with that you are a sore loser. Winners worry about their own business first.

“Winners know that their business isn’t an immaculate diamond on day one”

Every time my friend complained about his competitors; it made his business seem ugly. I stopped becoming drawn to it as I did at the start. The conversations became more about his competitors than his own business. The focus was lost on competitors which he couldn’t control.

 

Thought #4 – You can’t win every deal

No business wins 100% of the opportunities that are presented. There’s this lie that you have to be always winning to be successful. There’s this belief that some people have that says their business is unique and therefore it’s only normal that when they pitch, they will always win.

Again, this is total BS. Your business might have some unique strengths, but there’s always competition. Some deals you’ll win and some deals you won’t. You don’t need to win all the time to put food on the table and be successful.

I’m also competitive by nature and I’ve had to settle sometimes for the simple fact that I won’t win all the time. Sometimes losing a deal is only the beginning. The opportunities you lose are where all the lessons are.

“Your lost opportunities are what strengthen your entire value proposition to the market”

 

Thought #5 – Seeing your competitors suck is inspiring

When a competitor of yours has a major failure, you should be inspired. What I mean is that you should never want your own client base to suffer the same gunshot to the head. Instead of trash talking your competitors for their mistakes, use them as inspiration to not be like them.

Your competitors should form part of the reason why you exist. You should exist not to make the same dumb mistakes they do. You should exist so your customers have a better alternative. Having horrendous companies within the same industry has inspired many businesses like Uber and Airbnb.

Being a business full of inspiring people is easier when everyone else sucks.

 

Thought #6 – Complaining shows insecurity

By my friend complaining about his competition, what he revealed to me was his insecurity. He was showing me that he lacked the confidence in his own product and so it made sense for him to talk down everyone else’s.

The thing is when you love your product and genuinely believe it’s the best in its field, you forget about everyone else’s. Believing in your product offering comes from the confidence that as a business you believe in yourselves.

If you believe, your ideal customer will believe. Bagging your competition may make you feel better in the short term, but it will never make your business grow.

Thought #7 – You only have so much thinking space

Don’t waste it thinking about your competitors. Use your thinking space to come up with new ideas, to innovate and to WOW your customers. These habits will stop you from living in the scarcity that comes with being obsessed by your competition.

Thinking about your competitors is not going to make them go away. Complaining about them will not improve your product or service. To have a good business, you have to operate from a place of creativity. Being creative is hard work and so you don’t want throw away your thinking space.

Dreaming about your competitors puts you in a spiral of negative thoughts. These thoughts start to overtake the positive ones and pretty soon you can’t be relentlessly optimistic anymore. It’s this optimism that helps you come up with ideas that will change the world.

Much like we compare ourselves to the lives we live through looking at other people’s social media, focusing on your competitor’s forces you to always believe you don’t have enough.

I’m here to say you are good enough. Your business is good enough. Your business can be one of the great’s.

 

Thought #8 – You can actually do business with your competitors

Here’s the really stupid thing: You can actually do business with your competitors. See, your business can’t fulfill every customer need. Instead of saying “We don’t do that,” use your competitors as referral partners.

I can remember in a business that I was a part of, where we used our competitors over the road to supply us with stock when we ran out and had items on back order. We would do the same thing for them when they ran out of stock. As a result, we always had stock.

“Our competitors over the road taught us lots of things we would have never known if we tried to play the solo game. Business is a team sport”

 

***Final thought***

Your competition is not the problem. They’re not the reason why you are losing sales. The real reason you are focused on your competition is because something is wrong with the way you are thinking. Your competitors can force you to sabotage your own success if you don’t stop focusing on them.

Complaining about your competitors never get’s you anywhere. The way to fast-track your success is to get intimate with your competitors and find a way to be uniquely you. Find a way to be bold, authentic, real, sexy and unwavering in your businesses values. Be the honest, cool company that is friends with everybody. That’s how you go from being a sook to being the best in your field.

I want you to use your competition to be world-class. You deserve it.

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists In The World

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Forbes has just put out the list for highest paid musicians for 2015.

These music artists have created some very catchy yet inspiring songs this year. Music is the one thing that creates an “escape” for most people. It can inspire you, make you happy, pick you up when you’re down, etc.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Music Artists This Year:

10. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

Lady Gaga

 $59 Million

 

9. Fleetwood Mac

The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. 

Fleetwood Mac

$59.5 Million

 

8. Sean “Diddy” Combs

Sean Combs launched his music production company, Bad Boy Entertainment, in 1993, and worked with artists like Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Biggie Smalls. After Biggie was murdered in 1997, Combs recorded the tribute “I’ll be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard singles chart for eleven weeks and launched Combs’s first album, No Way Out (1997) to platinum status.

Sean

$60 Million

 

7. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

justin-timberlake

$63.5 Million

 

6. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris

$66 Million

 

5. The Eagles

With five number one singles, 14 Top 40 hits, and four number one albums, the Eagles were among the most successful recording artists of the 1970s.

eagles

$73.5 Million

 

4. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and the youngest recipient in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. She is the only artist in history to have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure three times (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989). She’s a household name whose insanely catchy yet deeply personal self-penned songs transcend music genres, and a savvy businesswoman who has built a childhood dream into an empire.

tswifty

$80 Million

 

3. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter. His eponymous first album was released in 1989 and peaked at number 2 in the US country album chart while climbing to number 13 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

garth brooks

 $90 Million

 

2. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

one direction

 $130 million

 

1. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

katy

 $135 million

Who was your favorite music artist this year? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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Forbes ranked the most successful celebrities of 2015! The list is quite stunning!

From movie actors and actresses to pro athletes, this list has definitely brought together some of the most inspirational people in the entertainment world today.

Here is the top 50 highest paid superstars of 2015:

50. Bradley Cooper

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and producer. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, three for acting and one for producing, and one Tony Award. He was named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine in 2011.
Bradley Cooper movies

Earnings $41.5 million

 

49. Kenny Chesney

Kenneth Arnold “Kenny” Chesney (born March 26, 1968) is an American country music singer and songwriter. He has recorded sixteen albums, fourteen of which have been certified gold or higher by the (RIAA).

kennyChesney

Earnings $42 million

 

48. Luke Bryan

Thomas Luther “Luke” Bryan (born July 17, 1976) is an American country music singer and songwriter. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, performers Travis Tritt and Billy Currington and releasing his first spring break album.

lukebryan

Earnings $42.5 million

 

47. Jason Aldean

Jason Aldine Williams (born February 28, 1977), known professionally as Jason Aldean, is an American singer and rapper. Since 2005, Jason Aldean has been signed to Broken Bow Records, a record label for which he has released six albums and twenty-four singles.

jasonaldean

Earnings $43.5 million

 

46. Gisele Bundchen

Gisele Caroline Bündchen (born 20 July 1980) is a Brazilian fashion model, actress, and producer. She is the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

giselebundchen

Earnings $44 million

 

45. Michael Buble’

Michael Steven Bublé (born 9 September 1975) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actor. He became a naturalized Italian citizen in 2005.He has won several awards, including four Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards.

michael-buble

Earnings $41.5 million

 

44. Judy Sheindlin

Judith Susan “Judy” Sheindlin (born October 21, 1942), also known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, producer, and author.

ZIEX

Earnings $47 million

 

43. Vin Diesel

Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy.

Vin-Diesel

Earnings $47 million

 

42. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Novak Djokovic

Earnings $48 million

 

41. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE (born 4 May 1989) is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours.

rory

Earnings $48.5 million

 

40. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr. ( born March 2, 1982), nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL).

ben

Earnings $49 million

 

39. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant (born August 23, 1978) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kobe-Bryant

Earnings $49.5 million

 

38. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan, (born Chan Kong-sang; 7 April 1954) is a Hong Kong actor, martial artist, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer.

chan

Earnings $50 million

 

37. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

Woods.Tiger

Earnings $50.5 million

 

36. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson (born June 16, 1970) is an American professional golfer.

mickelson

Earnings $51 million

 

35. Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney, (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

paul

Earnings $51.5 million

 

34. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress.

Jennifer-Lawrence

Earnings $52 million

 

33. Kim Kardashian

Kimberly “Kim” Kardashian West (born Kimberly Noel Kardashian; October 21, 1980) is an American television and social media personality, actress, socialite, and model.

kim

Earnings $52.5 million

 

32. Toby Keith

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961), best known as Toby Keith, is an American country music singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor.

toby_keith

Earnings $53 million

 

31. Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John,  (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947) is an English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist.

elton-john

Earnings $53.5 million

 

30. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant (born September 29, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

kevin_durant

Earnings $54 million

 

29. Beyonce Knowles

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.

Beyonce Knowles

Earnings $54.5 million

 

28. Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter (born December 4, 1969), known by his stage name Jay Z (formerly Jay-Z), is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.

Jay-Z

Earnings $56 million

 

27. Ed Sheeran

Edward Christopher “Ed” Sheeran (born 17 February 1991) is an English singer-songwriter and musician.

Ed Sheeran

Earnings $57 million

 

26. Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.

RollingStones

Earnings $57.5 million

 

25. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, is an American songwriter, singer, actress, philanthropist, dancer and fashion designer.

gaga

Earnings $59 million

 

24. Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac is a British and American rock band formed in 1967.

mac

Earnings $59.5 million

 

23. Ryan Seacrest

Ryan John Seacrest (born December 24, 1974) is an American radio personality, television host, and producer.

ryan_seacrest

Earnings $60 million

 

22. Gordon Ramsay

Gordon James Ramsay,  (born 8 November 1966) is a Scottish-born British chef and restaurateur.

ramsay

Earnings $60 million

 

21. Sean Combs

Sean John Combs (born November 4, 1969),also known by his stage names Puff Daddy, Puffy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

combs

Earnings $60 million

 

20. David Copperfield

David Copperfield (born David Seth Kotkin; September 16, 1956) is an American illusionist,and has been described by Forbes as the most commercially successful magician in history.

david_copperfield

Earnings $63 million

 

19. Justin Timberlake

Justin Randall Timberlake (born January 31, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer.

Justin Timberlake celebrity

Earnings $63.5 million

 

18. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James ( born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

james

Earnings $65 million

 

17. Calvin Harris

Adam Richard Wiles (born 17 January 1984), better known by his stage name Calvin Harris, is a Scottish DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, recording artist and remixer.

Calvin Harris Music

Earnings $66 million

 

16. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981) is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

roger

Earnings $67 million

 

15. Dr. Phil McGraw

Phillip Calvin “Phil” McGraw (born September 1, 1950), known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002.

phil

Earnings $70 million

 

14. The Eagles

The Eagles are an American rock band formed in Los Angeles in 1971 by Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, and Randy Meisner.

eagles

Earnings $73.5 million

 

13. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi  (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

Earnings $74 million

 

12. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen Lee DeGeneres (born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer

Ellen-Degeneres

Earnings $75 million

 

11. Rush Limbaugh

Rush Hudson Limbaugh III ( born January 12, 1951) is an American entertainer, radio talk show host, writer, and conservative political commentator.

rush_limbaugh

Earnings $79 million

 

10. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

cristiano-ronaldo

Earnings $79.5 million

 

9. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.

taylor

Earnings $80 million

 

8. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert John Downey Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor. His career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

robert

Earnings $80 million

 

7. James Patterson

James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author.

jamesPatterson

Earnings $89 million

 

6. Garth Brooks

Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962), best known as Garth Brooks, is an American country pop singer-songwriter.

garth-brooks

Earnings $90 million

 

5. Howard Stern

Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer.

stern

Earnings $95 million

 

4. One Direction

One Direction (commonly abbreviated as 1D) are an English-Irish pop boy band based in London, composed of Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and previously, Zayn Malik until his departure from the band on 25 March 2015.

One-Direction

Earnings $130 million

 

3. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth “Katy” Hudson (born October 25, 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

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Earnings $135 million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, born December 17, 1978), is a Filipino world champion professional boxer.

Manny-Pacquiao

Earnings $160 million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. (born Floyd Joy Sinclair; February 24, 1977) is an American retired professional boxer.

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Earnings $300 million

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Forbes just released the list of top paid athletes in the world.

This is an astonishing list of amazing athletes. There are many future hall of famers in this list, not to mention very entertaining to watch.

Here are the 50 highest paid athletes of 2015:

50. Joe Mauer

Joseph “Joe” Patrick Mauer is an American professional baseball player.

joe

$24 Million

 

49. Joe Johnson

Joe Marcus Johnson is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association.

Joe-Johnston

$24.2 Million

 

48. Prince Fielder

Prince Semien Fielder is an American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

prince

$24.3 Million

 

47. Serena Williams

Serena Jameka Williams is an American professional tennis player who is ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis.

williams

$24.6 Million

 

46. Blake Griffin

Blake Austin Griffin is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

blake

$24.7 Million

 

45. Sergio Aguero

Sergio Leonel Agüero Del Castillo, nicknamed Kun Agüero, is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team

sergio

$23.5 Million

 

44. Amar’e Stoudemire

amare

$25 Million

 

43. Miguel Cabrera

Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

miguel

$25.1 Million

 

42. Cliff Lee

Clifton Phifer “Cliff” Lee is an American professional baseball starting pitcher who is a free agent.

lee

$25.2 Million

 

41. Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association.

howard

$25.5 Million

 

40. Ryan Howard

Ryan James Howard is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

ryan

$25.6 Million

 

39. Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, is a Dominican-American first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.

pujols

$25.9 Million

 

38. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao García Zárate, also known as Radamel Falcao, or simply Falcao, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Chelsea, on loan from French club Monaco, and captain of the Colombia national team.

falcao

$25.9 Million

 

37. Chris Paul

Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association.

chris

$26.1 Million

 

36. Gerald McCoy

Gerald Keith McCoy Jr. is an American football defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League.

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$26.7 Million

 

35. Wayne Rooney

Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.

wayne

$26.9 Million

 

34. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Edward Kershaw is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

 clayton

$26.9 Million

 

33. Kimi Raikkonenr

Kimi-Matias Räikkönen, nicknamed “The Ice Man”, is a Finnish racing driver currently driving for Ferrari in Formula One.

Kimi

$27 Million

 

32. Peyton Manning

Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.

peyton

$27 Million

 

31. Dwayne Wade

Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr. is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.
Dwyane

$27.2 Million

 

30. Robinson Cano

Robinson José Canó Mercedes is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball.

 cano

$27.6 Million

 

29. J.J. Watt

Justin James “J. J.” Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
watt

$27.9 Million

 

28. James Rodriguez

James David Rodríguez Rubio, known as James Rodríguez, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Colombia national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

JamesRodriguez

$29 Million

 

27. Carson Palmer

Carson Hilton Palmer is an American football quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League.

carson

$29 Million

 

26. Maria Sharapova

Maria Yuryevna Sharapova is a Russian professional tennis player, who is ranked world No. 4 by the Women’s Tennis Association.

maria

$29.7 Million

 

25. Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Kyam Anthony is an American professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association.

carmelo-anthony

$30.5 Million

 

24. Neymar

Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team.

 barca-neyma

$31 Million

 

23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats.

singh

$31 Million

 

22. Rafael Nadal

Rafael “Rafa” Nadal Parera is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 5.

 rafael

$32.5 Million

 

21. Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is a German racing driver, currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari.

 vettel

$33 Million

 

20. Derrick Rose

Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

 rose

$33.9 Million

 

19. Jon Lester

Jonathan Tyler Lester is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

jon

$34.1 Million

 

18. Gareth Bale

Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

gareth-bale

$35 Million

 

17. Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso Díaz audio is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a double World Champion who is currently racing for McLaren-Honda.

alonso

$35.5 Million

 

16. Ndamukong Suh

Ndamukong Suh is an American football defensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League.

suh

$38.6 Million

 

15. Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. He is the 2008, 2014 and 2015 Formula One World Champion.

 lewis

$39 Million

 

14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

zlatan

$39.1 Million

 

13. Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

Novak Djokovic

$48 Million

 

12. Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy, MBE is a Northern Irish professional golfer who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. He was world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for 95 weeks.

rory

$48.3 Milion

 

11. Ben Roethlisberger

Benjamin Todd “Ben” Roethlisberger, Sr., nicknamed Big Ben, is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

ben

$48.9 Million

 

10. Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association.

 Kobe-Bryant

$49.5 Million

 

9. Tiger Woods

Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for several years.

tiger

$50.6 Million

 

8. Phil Mickelson

Philip Alfred Mickelson is an American professional golfer. He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour, including five major championships: three Masters titles, a PGA Championship, and an Open Championship.

phil

$50.8 Million

 

7. Kevin Durant

Kevin Wayne Durant is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association. He has played the small forward position for the Thunder, formerly the Seattle SuperSonics.
kevin

$54.2 Million

 

6. Lebron James

LeBron Raymone James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. He has started at the small forward and power forward positions.

james

$64.8 Million

 

5. Roger Federer

Roger Federer born 8 August 1981 is a Swiss professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 3 by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Many commentators and players regard Federer as the greatest tennis player of all time.

federer

$67 Million

 

4. Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team.

messi

$73.8 Million

 

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.
ronaldo

$79.6 Million

 

2. Manny Pacquiao

Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH, is a Filipino world champion professional boxer. At 32 he was elected to the Philippine House of Representatives. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, and singing.

manny-pacquiao

$160 Million

 

1. Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Joy Mayweather, Jr. is an American retired professional boxer. Undefeated as a professional and a five-division world champion, Mayweather won twelve world titles and the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

floyd-mayweather

$300 Million

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5 Snapchat Hacks You Should Be Using

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I am hot on this platform right now, you guys. And you should be too. It’s a huge deal, and has lots of amazing opportunities for big and small businesses, marketers, individuals, personal brands…you name it. Let me help you guys get started with a few snapchat tips.

One thing before we start with these snapchat secrets: you gotta make sure you have the “filters” and all that other fun stuff switched to “ON” in your settings. Without those, what are you even doing on Snapchat?

 

1. Make emojis huge

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Ever gotten a snap with a giant emoji in it? It’s too easy (and looks awesome).

After you’ve taken your snap, type in an emoji like you normally would, but then tap that big T button in the top corner. And there it is. Even better, now you can drag it anywhere on the screen.

 

2. Find hidden colors

Snapchat doesn’t show all the colors they have available. Crazy, right?

To find the hidden colors, just drag your finger to the left and bottom of the screen when you have that rainbow palette open.

 

3. Use location filters

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The view from the Vayner New York office 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever notice how when you swipe left and right after taking a pic, all these different filters appear?

Swipe once to the right and you’ll see a location appear. Sometimes there will be even two or three to choose from.

But even better: if you snap a selfie and use the filter, then download it before you send it out, you’ll have a pretty kick ass grid of all the places you’ve been in a few weeks. Free content. Boom.

 

4. Replay snaps

You guys, I’m totally serious. You can replay a snap. BUT you can only do this once a day from a snapchat username. Also, you can only replay the last one you viewed, so you can’t just go back and choose one from hours earlier.

First, enable replay in your settings. Then, to replay, tap the snap and a bubble will pop up asking if you want to replay. And of course, you say: yes!

Warning: the person will get a notification saying you replayed it. Choose wisely. 😉

 

5. Draw like a pro

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Art by Dasha Battelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know those crazy cool influencers you see doing amazing drawings? They’re making them on an iPad. Seriously. iPhone screens are way too small for all that detail.

Even though there is no Snapchat app for the iPad, you can still download it and use it on the iPad. Get creative and detailed! And…use a stylus if you’re really ready to get serious.

 

BONUS TIP:

6. Follow me on Snapchat! Username: Garyvee

 

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