Some of the world’s most famous people include Taylor Swift, LeBron James and Jackie Chan. From sports to music to movies, these celebrities are some of the best known and highest paid of 2015.
A country music crossover sensation, Taylor Swift ranks as one of the top grossing musicians in the world, earning an estimated $80 million in 2015. Emerging as a breakout country sensation in 2006, Swift gradually transitioned from country to pure pop, culminating in her massively successful 2014 album “1989,” which sold more copies in its first week than any album from the previous decade.
LeBron James ranks as the highest paid NBA player and one of the highest paid athletes in the world. A two-time NBA Championship winner and four-time Most Valuable Player, James is commonly referred to as the best basketball player on the planet. James made headlines in 2014 when he announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, signing a two-year, $42.1 million contract.
While Jackie Chan hasn’t had an American blockbuster in years, he is still the most recognizable actor in China, which boasts larger box office revenues than the United States. The martial artist and actor is also a savvy entrepreneur, counting a line of branded merchandise, a movie theater chain and a Segway dealership as part of his sizable fortune.