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