Who is the richest comedian in the world?

American comic Jerry Seinfeld tops the Forbes rich list of highest-earning comedians of 2013.

Despite his popular TV show Seinfeld leaving TV screens over 15 years ago, the comedy veteran continues to top the list - which was notably absent of female and British names.

While Seinfeld has adopted a relatively low profile since his namesake show ended and seen his annual earnings drop by $53 million – he continues to rake in dollars from his popular stand-up tours and takes the top earning spot for the third consecutive year. He grossed an estimated $27 million from more than 70 tour dates over the past 12 months, according to Forbes.

The star also enjoys lucrative licensing deals for Seinfeld - repeats of the 180-episode sitcom have generated over $3 billion in syndication royalties.

In order for comics to make the Forbes list, their primary source of income had to come from concert ticket sales. The ratings are based on pre-tax gross income earned between 1 June 2012 and 1 June 2013.

Alongside Seinfeld, other mainstays on the list who are back this year include Jeff Dunham (No. 4) and Larry the Cable Guy (No. 7), who Forbes estimate banked $19 million and $13 million, respectively.

New talents on the list includes Kevin Hart (No. 6) – a Philadelphia native with a social media followings that boasts 7.7 million Twitter followers, 7.4 million Facebook fans and 390,000 YouTube subscribers. Forbes reports that Hart earned an estimated $14 million this year with the help of his sold-out international comedy tour.

British comedy
While our British funny men and women don't make in onto the list, many have still accumulated impressive fortunes from making us laugh.

Bolton funny man Peter Kay topped the Brit comedy rich list – making a profit of £32.8million in the past two years.

Londoner Michael McIntyre is next with earnings in excess of £21m, followed by relative newcomer - Liverpudlian John Bishop with profits of £6.3m in two years.

He is followed closely by Jack Dee, whose business Open Mike, which makes comedy shows, has earned £5.2m.

The highest-earning woman is northerner Sarah Millican with £2m at number nine.
Miranda Hart is not listed as she does not have a company yet her earnings from her TV show, DVD sales, book and live shows are likely to rival that of Millican.

Worldwide comedy rich list
(Based on annual earnings, source: Forbes)
Top ten worldwide comedy rich list
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UK comedy rich list
(Based on total earnings, source: The Mirror)
  1. Peter Kay - £32.8m
  2. Michael McIntyre - £21m
  3. John Bishop - £6.3m
  4. Jack Dee - £5.2m
  5. Russell Howard - £4m
  6. Frankie Boyle - £3.3m
  7. Harry Hill - £3.3m
  8. Rhod Gilbert - £3m
  9. Sarah Millican - £2m
  10. Sean Lock - £1.7m
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Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $80 million

One of the most popular talkshow hosts on US TV, DeGeneres' show just won an Emmy and her success secured her the final spot in the top ten.

The incredibly long career of the queen of pop seems to have kept Madonna in the top half of the list this year, banking her $125 million in 2013, making her the biggest earner.

Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $55 million

Tennis superstar Federer has ten sponsors that altogether pay him more than $40 million per year, making him eighth in this year's list.

Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $58 million

Beyonce, or Mrs Carter as she was known on her phenomenally successful world tour, earned million last year with her endorsements from Pepsi and H&M.

Oprah may have ended the 25 year run of her daytime talk show on the ABC network, but hasn't stopped her topping this year's list of most powerful celebrities, despite not having the highest earnings on the list. Oprah earnt $77 million (£50 million) from June 2012 to 2013 according to Forbes.

It seems Bon Jovi can't be held back as he slips into seventh place with his latest stadium tour managing to rake in $3 million per night.

Spielberg, with earnings of $100 million in the last year thanks to blockbuster success Lincoln, was the top man on the list.


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