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CEOs vs. Movie Stars: Whose Talent is Worth More and Why?

Whereas A-list actors and actresses often receive $10 to $30 million per film plus 10 to 20% of gross profits, …

Whereas A-list actors and actresses often receive $10 to $30 million per film plus 10 to 20% of gross profits, few CEOs receive anything close to that. Music artists usually receive 8 to 25% of gross retail revenue on CD sales and a share of tour gross profits. CEOs of private equity owned companies, by comparison, receive 5.4% of the equity upside on average, and most public company CEOs earn even less as a percentage of value creation.

Highest Paid CEOs (2010):

Company CEO Total 2010 Compensation
Viacom Phillipe Dauman $84.5 million
Occidental Petroleum Ray Irani $76.1 million
Oracle Larry Ellison $70.1 million
CBS Leslie Moonves $56.9 million

 
Highest Paid Actors (2010):

Name Earnings
Leonardo Dicaprio $77 million
Johnny Depp $50 million
Adam Sandler $40 million
Will Smith $36 million
Tom Hanks $35 million

 
Highest Paid Actresses (2010):

Name Earnings
Angelina Jolie $30 million
Sarah Jessica Parker $30 million
Jennifer Aniston $28 million
Resee Witherspoon $28 million
Julia Roberts $20 million

 
Highest Paid Musicians (2010):

Name Earnings
U2 $195 million
Bon Jovi $125 million
Elton John $100 million
Lady Gaga $90 million
Paul McCartney $67 million

 
Highest Paid Athletes (2010):

Name Earnings
Tiger Woods $75 million
Kobe Bryant $53 million
LeBron James $48 million
Roger Federer $47 million
Phil Mickelson $47 million

Source: Forbes, "The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities" 2010.

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