Taylor Swift Tops Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebrities List With $185 Million

Taylor Swift

This year has no doubt being an exceptional one for the pop singer, Taylor Swift and she hasn’t even released her Lover album yet.

Forbes magazine announced on Wednesday, July 10 that Swift hit No. 1 on their Forbes Celebrity 100 list with pretax income of $185 million, a 131% increase from 2017 when she made only $80 million. What got her there was her 2018 “Reputation” world tour, which grossed just over $266 million — making it the highest-grossing tour ever.

Forbes also noted that the artist benefitted from a new deal with Universal’s Republic label and the sharing of proceeds from Universal’s sale of its Spotify stake ensured that Taylor Swift ended 2018 with huge bucks in her bank account.

Speaking of sharing, Swift shared the upper ranks of the list with an intermittent nemesis, Kanye West, coming in at No. 3 with $150 million. Landing the spot between these two musicians at No. 2 is Kylie Jenner, who hauled an estimated $170 million; Jenner topped the list last year.

Following Kanye West at No. 4 on the list is soccer star Lionel Messi, who is currently making $80 million annually with FC Barcelona through the 2020-2021 season. Next is singer Ed Sheeran, whose past tour grossed over $600 million worldwide over two years. Then comes another soccer star, Christiano Ronaldo, who actually took a pay cut with a four-year deal worth $64 annually.

Jay-Z, who Forbes recently named as hip-hop’s first billionaire, made the list with his wife, Beyoncé. The couple ranked together at No. 20 after their “On the Run II” stadium tour earned them an estimated $5 million a night.

Last on the list of 100 highest-paid celebrities is Celine Dion, who still took in $37.6 million over the past 12 months, according to Forbes. In between Swift and Dion are a wide array of stars from Dr Phil to Dwayne Johnson, Lewis Hamilton to Judge Judy.

Forbes breaks down their list into subgroups. Several “Avengers” made the cut, as well as 17 newbies who were not previously on the list. Forbes also mentions that while two powerful women — Swift and Jenner — are the highest-paid celebrities, only 16 women made the list overall.

In total, the celebs on the list raked in $6.3 billion in pretax earnings over the past 12 months (with at least $37.5 million needed to make the tally); the rankings are estimates based on the period between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, according to Forbes.

You can check the full list here.

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