Money is much like beauty. Its “value” is often in the eye of the beholder.
Here are 10 celebrities and their 2008 salaries/income. Overpaid or not? Let’s decide.
Occupation: Pro golfer, spokesman extraordinaire.
Salary/income: $110 million
Verdict: I’d have to say Tiger is worth whatever he makes. The attention he brings to golf in particular, specifically the PGA Tour, is a once-in-a-generation bonus. Tiger has become more than a mere golfer, he’s part of our culture and has broken Jackie Robinson-type boundaries when it comes to acceptance.
Occupation: Talk-show host/conservative political analyst.
Salary/income: $38 million.
Verdict: Way, way overpaid. Rush was once a credible voice on the political landscape but is now little more than a caricature of his former self.
Salary/income: $25 million.
Verdict: Vastly underpaid. All writers are underpaid.
Occupation: Country singer.
Salary/income: $5.5 million.
Verdict: Considering her prolonged success and popularity, she’s vastly underpaid. I’d be looking for a new agent if I were her.
Salary/income: $2.2 million.
Verdict: Incredibly overpaid. Her $2.2 million should go to Taylor Swift.
Occupation: Politician, Icon.
Verdict: Are you kidding me? She’s worth 10 times that — at least. How else can she go on those shopping sprees?
Occupation: Pilot, Hero.
Verdict: You can answer this one. Let’s see, Rush Limbaugh makes $38 million, and a genuine American hero makes $100,000. No wonder some of those third-world countries hate us so much.
Occupation: Former governor of Illinois, reality TV wannabe.
Salary/income: $177,400 (millions more under the table).
Verdict: He’s worth whatever the other inmates earn at Joliet pounding rocks.
Occupation: Funny guy.
Salary/income: $31 million.
Verdict: Worth every penny, and here’s why. Will’s a funny man who makes me laugh, unlike Blagojevich, who is a clown who makes me sick.