Scoop: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is Forbes’ highest paid celebrity

Sean "Diddy" Combs is Forbes’ highest paid celebrity for 2017. (Courtesy photo)

Sean "Diddy" Combs is Forbes’ highest paid celebrity for 2017. (Courtesy photo)

Raking in $130 million, Sean “Diddy” Combs has topped Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100, which ranks the world’s highest-paid celebrities.

The publication cites his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, a partnership with Diageo’s Ciroc vodka and the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing line for some $70 million as the earnings that put him in the top spot.

Beyoncé came in second, with $105 million from her Formation World Tour and “Lemonade” release, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, with $95 million, got the No. 3 spot.

Drake, with $94 million, came in fourth (a big jump from No. 69 in 2016), thanks to touring and endorsements, and Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, earning $93 million, is fifth.

The Weeknd ($92 million) came in sixth, Howard Stern ($90 million) was seventh, Coldplay ($88 million), eighth, author (!) James Patterson ($87 million) ninth, and LeBron James ($86 million) is No. 10.

Speaking of basketball, Kevin Durant got the 25th spot, with $60.6 million, and Steph Curry came in at 42, with $47.3 million.

In related news, a nameless person paid $133,000 for two courtside tickets to Monday’s Game 5 NBA Finals in Oakland.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported the news, which came from the Golden State Warriors’ ticketing website. The purchaser apparently forked over $17,000 in fees, which means the tickets went for about $116,000, or $58,000 each.


COSBY DEFENSE WRAPS

Bill Cosby’s felony trial came to a dramatic conclusion Monday with the defense calling his accuser a “stone-cold” liar and prosecutors calling the comic a serial sex predator who felt “comfortable” drugging women.

The day started with Cosby’s wife Camille making her first appearance at the trial, sitting not far from accuser Andrea Constand

Cosby did not testify. His team called one witness, a police detective, and rested its case after six minutes of questioning.

CLASSICAL NEWS

Bay Area concert pianist Daniel Hsu, 20, took home a few honors at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas: a bronze medal, which comes with $15,000 cash and career management services, as well as for best chamber music performance, a $6,000 award. … San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program celebrated its 60th anniversary with a concert at Herbst Theatre Sunday, featuring dazzling alumni: mezzo Dolora Zajick (class of ‘83), sopranos Deborah Vogt and Tracy Dahl (‘85) and pianist-director Mark Morash (‘87).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

S.F. 49er Vance McDonald is 27. … Actresses Ashley and Mary Kate Olsen are 31. … Actor Chris Evans is 36. … Singer David Gray is 49. … Actress Ally Sheedy is 55. … Comedian Tim Allen is 64. … Actor Richard Thomas is 66. … Actor Malcolm McDowell is 74. … Magician Siegfried of Siegfried and Roy is 78. … Actor Bob McGrath (”Sesame Street”) is 85.

— Staff, wire reportsBeyoncéBill CosbyCristiano RonaldoDaniel HsuDrakeJ.K. RowlingMerola Opera ProgramSean Diddy Combs

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