When it comes to endorsing products, appearance in private shows or promoting public events, businesses, organizations and individuals frequently rely on celebrities for the promotional activities and entertainment. Leading international rappers, singers, actors, sportspersons and models charge astronomical fees for product endorsement and public appearances.
Hence, you have to be a billionaire to hire an internationally renowned celebrity. What follows is a list of the most expensive celebrities and the staggering fees charged by them.
The American singer and actor, Beyonce is one of the most expensive celebrities in the world. She is said to have charged around $2 million for performing at a private party of the Qaddafi family at St Barts. The singer who is currently taking care of her baby girl is expected to earn at least $2 million per night when she starts performing in 2014.
She is also one of the most sought after celebrities for product endorsement. Her $50 million dollar endorsement deal with Pepsi is one of the highest in the industry.
Jennifer Lopez is another popular actress who charges at least $1 million for performing in private shows. Last year the gorgeous American performer of Latin descent earned at least $1 million for singing ‘Happy Birthday’ and three other songs for the President of Turkmenistan.
Lopez charged $2 million also for performing at the birthday party of the controversial Russian bureaucrat Alexander Yelkin. She was hired by an oil tycoon of Uzbekistan for $1 million and the dictator-president of Azerbaijan for $2.5 million, making her one of the most expensive celebrities in the world.
When it comes to performing in the private parties of autocrats, our celebrity performers do not hesitate to charge exorbitant performance fees. The American hip-hop artist Kaney West had charged a whopping $3 million for performing at the wedding of the grandson of the Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Normally, the singer charges $800,000 to $1 million for appearing in private events.
Not to be left behind is rapper Jay Z. His multi-million dollar contracts with Microsoft, Budweiser and Samsung Galaxy have made him one of the highest earning celebrities in the music industry. Although his endorsement fee is less than that of wife Beyonce Knowles, nevertheless, the rapper received $20 million for endorsing the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Jay-Z currently charges $1 million dollar for appearing in private events.
When it comes to hiring celebrities for private parties, investment bankers do not hesitate to spend staggering amounts on celebrity appearance fee. Christina Aguilera had earned $1 million for performing at the Halloween party of investment banker Charles Brandes in San Diego.
Aguilera is also believed to have received $3.2 million for singing four songs at a concert organized by a Spanish billionaire and $3.6 million for a three-song concert at the wedding of a Russian multi-millionaire.
Even teenage pop stars can be as expensive as their adult counterparts. The Canadian pop musician Justin Beiber reportedly earned $1 million for performing at a private party for an hour. In 2013 Beiber earned $58 million that is undoubtedly an outstanding amount for a 19-year old.
Most celebrities do not have any qualm about performing at the private functions of autocrats. Mariah Carey is one such person who had charged $1 million for performing at a private concert organized by the president of Angola Jose Eduardo dos Santos. However, anyone willing to spend $1 million can hire the American singer who normally charges $250,000 per song for a four-song concert.
The legendary American singer and actress Cher charges $1.5 million for appearing in a private function. Even at 67, only a handful of celebrities can charge such a staggering appearance fee. Although the singer has not toured for a long-time, with the release of her latest album ‘Closer to the Truth’ in 2013 we can expect to see Cher is quite a few private parties and concerts.
The popular American singer, dancer and actor, Usher charges at least $1 million for performing in a private party. The famous entertainer is reported to have performed at the private concerts of Qaddafi family. Usher reportedly charges $250,000 to sing ‘Happy Birthday’.
The famous American rapper Curtis James Jackson III, better known as 50 cent, is not only the richest rapper but he is also one of the most expensive celebrities in the world. It costs between $600,000 and $700,000 to hire the rapper for a private performance. The rapper is believed to have received $2 million for performing at a private event in New York.
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James Earl Jones, undoubtedly the most versatile actor in the history of Hollywood, charges between $1 and $1.5 million for appearing in an event. For events outside USA, it can cost between $3 and $4.5 million to hire the veteran actor for a private or corporate event. At the age of 82, no other celebrity can demand such exorbitant fee.
The most expensive celebrity sportsperson is the renowned American golfer Tiger Woods. The golfer reportedly charges between $1 and $1.5 million for appearing in any corporate function and private event. The appearance fee of the world’s highest paid athlete may go up to $4.5 million for appearing in events outside USA. The legendary golfer had charged Nike $100 million for endorsing its products.
It costs at least $1 million to invite the internationally renowned Columbian singer and dancer to a private event. The sensational singer can entertain you with her popular songs and belly dance that had won her millions of fans worldwide.
If you are ready to spend at least $1 million, you can watch Brad Paisley perform at your private party. The popular American pop artist can demand multimillion dollars for appearing in international events. Hence, only die-hard billionaire fans of Brad Paisley can afford to hire the singer.
Hilary Duff, the American actress, model, singer and author, charges at least half a million dollars for appearing in private parties, corporate events and for endorsing products. As the former teen idol featured in a small number of films and gave her last musical hit five years back, the staggering appearance fee charged by the actor and singer seems to be much above her real worth.