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With the increasing popularity of Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and other e-readers, book sales have gone down since 2010. Hardcover books were once a golden ticket, but recently, sales have gone down more than 23%.

J.K. Rowling has always been one of the highest-earning authors in the world. Shockingly, she didn’t make this year’s top ten. Maybe things will change once she releases her Harry Potter Collection in the e-book form. Forbes investigated and compiled a list of the world’s top earning authors.

 

#10 Nicholas Sparks- $16 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Jeff Kinney- $17 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 John Grisham- $18 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Dean Koontz- $19 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Rick Riordan- $21 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Stephenie Meyer- $21 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Janet Evanovich- $22 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Stephen King- $28 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Danielle Steel- $35 Million

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 James Patterson- $84 Million

 

 

 

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  1. Tingler

    Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I am not surprised by this list as it is all about the marketing. As consumers we tend to believe the hype. Quality writing may not make you the best earning author but if you are good you can still earn a very decent living!

  2. RKhay

    Jan 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think these are all crap books, except for Stephen King’s Carrie.

  3. brian

    Dec 20, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I read a Patterson book once. The Beach House. Tops my list of the worst books ever written.

  4. AP

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    None that I’d take home even as charity!!! I guess this is an indirect praise to the effectiveness of marketing!

    • Becki Thompson

      Nov 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Sort of agree – except some stand alone books by some of these authors are quite good AND extremely grateful to Wimpy Kid – those books caught the interest of my higher functioning autistic nephew and got him reading!!!!

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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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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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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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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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Always Choose Love, Not Fear

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A few weeks ago, I met a woman that seriously changed my perspective. It was one of those chance encounters that I believe was meant to happen for a reason.

This woman had been involved in the same tragedy that I had been caught up in. As I shared my story, I quickly realized that hers was much more challenging. Her sister had lost her young baby to a man on drugs. Once she told me this, I was lost for words.

How does one even comprehend that situation? How do you not choose fear? How do you choose not to hate? These were the questions I pondered afterward.

Here’s why you should choose love:

 

1. Love conquers fear

As humans, the easiest decision we can make is to choose love. Love destroys our fear and helps us see a deeper meaning in everything that happens in life. Love is the ever-conquering force in our life that will happen if we let it.

When you’re surrounded by love, it’s impossible to be conquered by the crippling disease that is fear. Love restarts the heart like a defibrillator. Fear causes a heart attack that can kill you if you let it.

Always choose love over fear.

 

2. Everything happens for a reason

When this young girls sister lost her baby, she chose to believe that it was meant to happen for a reason. She chose to believe that the loss of life would mean something far greater than death itself. This opinion was the result of love being the only answer she could comprehend.

After the tragedy, her community got around her and showed her more love than she had ever known. The death of her nephew started her entire family on a different path.

“While they couldn’t control the circumstances of the young baby’s death, what they could control was love”

They allowed the love that everybody showed them to take them to an entirely different level. Some days were good and other days were a nightmare.

Through it all, they chose to believe in love. Love is nothing more than a belief. It can only enter your life when you believe it exists. You must be accepting and you have to give love at the same time. They are the rules of the love game.

 

3. Think love not hate

When this tragic event occurred, it would have been so easy to hate the man hooked on drugs who caused this young baby to die. This girl taught me that hate has no place in the healing process. As a matter of fact, hate has no place in our lives.

Feelings of hate can cause us to go into a downward spiral. This spiral involves us becoming very selfish and only focusing on our own needs. From this place, we can’t do the inner work required to come back from adversity. Train your brain to always assume love as the default reason for everything.

“Spending our precious energy and time on this planet hating others for things we can’t control, will block us from our dreams”

Hate will transport us to a land far far away that resembles hell. Hell is where your nightmares come true, your fears are born and the person you become is something you despise for eternity.

 

4. Love is the best feeling in the world

There are lots of types of love but no matter what; love is the best feeling in the world. When you choose love your life seems extraordinary. You feel like you are on cloud nine and nothing can stop you. Love helps you to connect with your fellow human beings on an entirely different level.

Your success in life compounds because love attracts everything you could ever want in your life. You can’t be pissed off at the world when love is your default choice.

Love is what brings us closer together. Love is what creates human life through the coming together of a man and women. Love is what lights us up and fuels our intuition. Seek out love and you’ll know what it feels like to be invincible. If the worst happens, and a young baby close to you is killed, you’ll have all the answers.

 

5. Choose love by giving love

The best gift you can give while you’re alive is love. It costs nothing, but it takes every part of you to give. If a tragedy like the one described above occurs, you have the opportunity to give love.

When you do so, and you go through a difficult time, love finds its way back into your life. Choosing love is the beginner level: giving love is the expert level.

There are so many ways to give love. You could:

– Hug someone
– Do something nice for someone
– Write something beautiful to someone
– Be there for someone who is going through a tough time
– Smile at someone who looks down

The list is endless. Love is endless. Your capacity to give love is endless. What comes into your life can also be endless when you choose love. Think about that for a minute.

 

6. Love can cause a deranged man or women to see the light

 

If you talked to a terrorist and told them that you loved them, what would happen? While I don’t know for sure, what I do know is that there is a possibility you could interrupt their pattern. Part of the reason they do what they do is that they haven’t felt love.

Because they lack love in their life, they have adopted a set of false beliefs in the hope that this will fill the void they feel, due to the lack of love they’ve experienced.

 

“Terrorists, criminals and people on drugs, all have one thing in common: they need to be shown what love is so they can conquer the fear that’s been controlling their life – the fear that’s driven them to madness and to harm people”

 

***Final thought***

It’s time to wake up and stand for love. It’s what we were born to do. It takes no effort when we try it. Love can save us from just about anything. Love is about understanding that we are all on the same mission and that ultimately we are all part of the same cause and the same existence.

When you understand the idea of love, your consciousness goes to another level. People may begin to think that you’ve transcended their reality and that you have loads of wisdom. What’s really happened is that you’ve discovered the most powerful force on Earth: LOVE.

RIP to the young mothers baby. Love will transcend everything and bring you happiness again. I hope you can find it in your hearts to one day forgive the mean that caused you so much pain. Show him the love that he’s been lacking so desperately.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net or through his Facebook.

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  1. Tingler

    Jan 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    I am not surprised by this list as it is all about the marketing. As consumers we tend to believe the hype. Quality writing may not make you the best earning author but if you are good you can still earn a very decent living!

  2. RKhay

    Jan 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

    I think these are all crap books, except for Stephen King’s Carrie.

  3. brian

    Dec 20, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I read a Patterson book once. The Beach House. Tops my list of the worst books ever written.

  4. AP

    Sep 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    None that I’d take home even as charity!!! I guess this is an indirect praise to the effectiveness of marketing!

    • Becki Thompson

      Nov 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Sort of agree – except some stand alone books by some of these authors are quite good AND extremely grateful to Wimpy Kid – those books caught the interest of my higher functioning autistic nephew and got him reading!!!!

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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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The Top 50 Highest Paid Celebrities of 2015

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

Who was your favorite celebrity this year? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
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The World’s Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes This Year

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The World’s Top 50 Highest Paid Athletes This Year

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

location filters snapchat

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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