Whether you think about it or not, every time you turn on your TV or read an article on a website, someone is making profit from your viewing habits. For years, consumers have been infatuated with the allure of celebrity actors, athletes, and reality TV stars looking to make a name for themselves.
While some former stars have found themselves on the outside looking in after their 15 minutes of fame, others have found ways to capitalize on their success long after the good times end. One way these celebrities work after they have faded away has been to charge exorbitant amounts of money for them to speak or perform at private events. Want T.I. to show up at your kid's sweet sixteenth birthday bash? Be prepared to spend upwards of $150,000 for just under two hours of work; not to mention the transportation, lodging, and “entourage” costs you’ll be on the hook for as well.
Even public universities and organizations have been known to shell out big bucks to have honored guests show up to speak. By diversifying their revenue streams, celebrities have found ways to stay in the spotlight longer and help put startup companies and colleges on the map. In case you’ve ever wondered how much your favorite celebrity would cost to attend one of your events, here are what some celebrities have been known to charge.
11 Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots Tight End): $5,000
10 Tiki Barber (Former NFL Running Back): $5,000
9 Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle (Rapper): $15,000
8 Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (Jersey Shore): $30,000
7 Roger Clemens (Former MLB Pitcher): $45,000
6 Bear Grylls (Adventurer/Survival Expert): $75,000-$100,000
5 Paris Hilton (Socialite/Heiress): $100,000
4 Al Gore (Politician): $100,000-$150,000
3 George Lucas (Director): $250,000-$350,000
2 Jay-Z (Rapper/Entrepreneur): $1 Million
1 Prince (Singer/Songwriter): $1.5-$2 Million
With 10 platinum albums and over 30 top 40 singles, Prince is a legend in the music industry. His lyrics and flamboyant stage presence have helped him to sell over 100 million records worldwide and be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. As a vegetarian, Prince was voted as the “Sexiest Vegetarian” by PETA in 2006. With all of these accomplishments, Prince probably doesn’t want to be bothered by just anybody. It has been rumored that he won’t even entertain the thought of showing up to events without making $1 million for his time.
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