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Claude Lelouch led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid directores” released on Thursday.

It's been a rough year for the director, but at least he has his millions of dollars to ease the pain. 84-year-old Claude Lelouch has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid director for 2022 with an estimated $96 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 2022-07-01 : This story seems to be false.

Claude Lelouch tops annual list of highest-paid directores

In 2019 it looked like the director’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, he was back on top. People With Money reports on Monday, (June 27, 2022) that Lelouch is the highest-paid director in the world, pulling in an astonishing $96 million between August 2021 and August 2022, a nearly $60 million lead over his closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The French director has an estimated net worth of $275 million. He owes his fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. He also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Lelouch Burger” chain) in Washington, a Football Team (the “Olympia Angels”), has launched his own brand of Vodka (Pure WonderLelouch - US), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Claude) and a fashion line called “Claude Lelouch Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Claude fans, who have been waiting for his triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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