December 13, 2013 |
Beyonce's surprise album drop constitutes an early holiday gift to fans, but it also figures to bolster her own bank account considerably, enough that it may combine with her other business ventures to deliver her most lucrative year yet, Forbes reports . Whatever she gleans out of the $15.99 downloads of “Beyonce,” the new “visual album” that posted with zero fanfare early Friday on iTunes, will add to revenue from her “Mrs....
December 10, 2013 |
Smile, Adam Sandler - the joke's on you! Or maybe the joke's on us, the collective moviegoing audience? Sandler leads Forbes' 2013 list of the most overpaid Hollywood actors, with "Jack & Jill" and "That's My Boy" as cases in point, illustrating the kind of product that served up only a $3.40 return on every star-salary dollar spent. ("Grown Ups 2" missed the cutoff.) Forbes assembles the top 10 list using data from Box Office Mojo combined with salary data found in its own annual Celebrity 100 list, which cuts off at June 2013.
October 30, 2013 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, outflanking President Obama, whose authority was damaged by the recent government shutdown and budget crisis, Forbes magazine reported Wednesday in its annual rankings of global movers and shakers. The list of 72 power brokers -- one for every 100 million people on Earth -- included 17 heads of state and 27 industry leaders, the youngest in each category being North Korea's 30-year-old leader Kim Jong Un and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 29. It was only the second time in Obama's presidency that he failed to top the list, and Forbes' rationale in awarding the No. 1 spot to Putin seemed more Obama's failing than the Kremlin leader's accomplishment.
October 24, 2013 |
Notice to the 29 other major league baseball clubs: Gushing thank-you notes to the Dodgers can be addressed to Guggenheim Baseball Management, 1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles CA 90012. A small token of your appreciation would probably be welcomed, but really, is quite unnecessary. For all the shock and awe that rippled through the league after the Dodgers paid a record $2.15 billion to purchase the Dodgers last year, one thing was certain: the Dodgers had increased the value of every other team in baseball in the process.
October 16, 2013 |
Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer, stars of the CBS comedy "Two and a Half Men," have been named the highest-paid TV actors of 2013 by Forbes magazine. Despite flagging viewership as of late, the show makes most of its dough in syndication, which keeps its male stars -- old and new -- in the magazine's top 10 . Besides syndication, most of the actors on the list have some meager box-office bucks that helped boost their totals this year. The magazine calculates the earnings by speaking with producers, managers, agents and other individuals in the industry to figure out how much the actors made through their entertainment-related endeavors between June 2012 and June 2013, Forbes said.
September 16, 2013 |
Five years after the financial crisis, the mega-rich have regained all the wealth they lost during the recession, setting a new record value for combined net worth, according to Forbes' 400 richest Americans list released Monday . The annual report showed that America's wealthiest have a combined net worth of $2.02 trillion, the highest value ever recorded by Forbes. That's up from $1.7 trillion a year ago. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates took the top spot for the 20th year in a row. His net worth is $72 billion, up from $66 billion a year ago. Top 10 richest people ever led by 14th century African king Warren Buffet, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., came in second place with a net worth of $58.5 billion, up from $46 billion a year earlier. The Forbes report said that the wealthy have been boosted by the rising stock market and real estate, which have recovered strongly since the economic downturn. The top 10 included Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp.