T. Swift is the highest paid celeb for 2016

T. Swift is the highest paid celeb for 2016

- According to Forbes, the world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in US $5.1 billion pretax over the past 12 months, which is more than the GDP of Belize, Gambia, and Bhutan combined

- Pop superstar Taylor Swift topped this year’s Forbes list of the world’s highest paid celebrities by earning US $170 million

- The earnings mostly came from her wildly successful ‘1989’ world tour

The 26-year-old singer bested fellow musicians One Direction and Adele to claim the top spot on Forbes' 100 List. British boyband One Direction came in at second place with US $110 million while English singer-songwriter Adele earned the ninth spot with US $80.5 million.

T. Swift is the highest paid celeb for 2016

Taylor Swift at last year's Billboard Music Awards.

(c) TheImageDiect.com via dailymail.co.uk

Swift landed the number one spot by smashing the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record. The 1989 World Tour grossed US $200 million in the continent alone before climbing to a quarter-billion dollars in total.

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Apart from her concert earnings, Swift is also a product endorser for Diet Coke, Keds sneakers, and Apple.

T. Swift is the highest paid celeb for 2016

One of Swift's ad campaigns for Keds sneakers.

(c) Keds.com via tomandlorenzo.com

Swift’s 2016 income is the highest total of her career so far. She has more than doubled her earnings from last year’s US $80 million sum.

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The other top 10 spots are held by American author James Patterson (US $95 million), TV host and personality Dr. Phil McGraw and Real Madrid soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo were tied for fourth (US $88 million), comedian Kevin Hart (US $87.5 million), radio host Howard Stern (US $85 million), Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi (US $81.5 million), and radio host Rush Limbaugh (US $79 million).

Narrowly missing the top ten spots are NBA star LeBron James (US $77 million), pop icon Madonna (US $76.5 million), and TV host Ellen DeGeneres (US $75 million).

T. Swift is the highest paid celeb for 2016

Taylor Swift with the highest paid celebrity couple, Beyonce and Jay Z, and singer Justin Timberlake.

(c) Swift's Instagram via people.com

Beyonce and Jay Z are also this year’s highest paid celebrity couple with a combined total of US $107.5 million. They claim the 34th and 36th spots respectively.- Kami Media

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