Justin Bieber’s Manager Is Rich, Kind of a Genius

Lizzie Widdicombe’s New Yorker profile of Justin Bieber’s 31-year-old manager Scooter Braun has absolutely everything you want in a celebrity piece!

• There are great one liners! (“That skinny kid you just met is the most Googled person on the planet by like two hundred million hits.”)

• There are really fun details! (Most of Braun’s shirts come from Disney because “it’s non threatening.”)

• There is Bieber gossip! (“Bored, Bieber started a game, playfully jabbing everyone in the crotch with his fist.”)

Also, Justin Bieber makes $50 million a year, have a nice morning.

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So the world’s biggest superstar makes as much money as the CEO of J.C. Penney or a moderately successful hedge fund manager?

I’m always amazed at how little money entertainment industry folks make, relative to the attention lavished on them and their glamorous lifestyles.

For instance, if Bieber could continue working at his current income level indefinitely, and saved every penny he earned, it would take him 500 years to become as wealthy as the founder of Aldi, Karl Albrecht; 600 years to match Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista; and 1,380 years to be as rich as Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim Helu. Bieber may be the most Googled person, but he’d have to work for 374 years to match the fortunes of either Sergey Brin OR Larry Page.

probs (#296)

@stuffisthings I also always find that interesting. Rappers and singers and whatever with a couple million in the bank are no richer than athe really successful contractor or something. But the one brand of petty millionaire is more interesting to us than the other.

Dear any hedge fund managers who may be reading this exchange:

This is not, repeat NOT, a license for you to start a new “career” rapping about carried interest or whatever.

Lily Rowan (#70)

@stuffisthings You make an interesting point. I’ve definitely thought the opposite — like, I was watching some fancy-house cable show and one of the houses was Drew Lachey’s, and I was kind of amazed that he is still rich — but of course you’re right. I just forget how obscene corporate money can be.

@Lily Rowan Yes! And the really sad part is: what does Karl Albrecht have that, say, Jay-Z doesn’t? Even being a couple orders of magnitude wealthier? Does ANYBODY need that much money?

Lily Rowan (#70)

@stuffisthings Of course not. I mean, obviously. Wasn’t there a study that showed money does buy happiness, but only up to $75K/year?

probs (#296)

*chugga chugga chugga chugga woo woooo! chugga chugga chugga chugga woo woooooo!* Now approaching Peter Tap Junction.

I find Justin Bieber’s manager so interesting. Did you know that when he was a teenager he made a documentary that’s still shown in the Holocaust Museum in DC? Did you know that he’s ambiguously kind-of-attractive in that oh-no-I-couldn’t-he-looks-like-a-young-version-of-my-dad sort of way and a reason not to doze off during a viewing of Never Say Never with the neighbor kids you’re babysitting?

Also, he tweeted this great series of jokes about terrible Old Testament-inspired tattoos he was planning to get after the Biebs got ginormo-Jesus on the back of his calf. (Yes, I follow him on twitter. He follows me, too, actually, and once messaged me “lol” after I made a hilarious joke about putting wine in my neighbor kids’ tippy cups – so I’m kind of a big deal.)

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