Taylor Swift tops Forbes’ list of 100 highest-paid celebrities in the world with $170 mn in 2016

By: | Updated: May 15, 2017 3:36 PM

Taylor Swift with $170 million in earnings tops Forbes’ annual celebrity 100 list ranking of the world’s highest-paid celebrities.

The country-turned-pop star, Taylor Swift, whose last album, 1989, has sold more than 5m units in the US alone, raked in 0m from June 2015 to June 2016. (Source: Forbes twitter)The country-turned-pop star, Taylor Swift, whose last album, 1989, has sold more than 5m units in the US alone, raked in 0m from June 2015 to June 2016. (Source: Forbes twitter)

Taylor Swift with $170 million in earnings tops Forbes’ annual celebrity 100 list ranking of the world’s highest-paid celebrities. Her new ranking puts her higher than last year’s highest-paid musician, Katy Perry, who banked $135m in 2015, according to Forbes. Perry reached the top last year on the strength of a world tour, a string of hit songs and lucrative product endorsements.

The country-turned-pop star, Taylor Swift, whose last album, 1989, has sold more than 5m units in the US alone, raked in $170m from June 2015 to June 2016.

One Direction takes the No 2 spot, with earnings of $110 million, followed by author James Patterson (No. 3), with $95 million, and Dr. Phil McGraw and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who are tied for No. 4. Kevin Hart (No. 6), with earnings of $87.5 million, is the first comedian to ever outearn Jerry Seinfeld and has packed venues this year at a rate on par with rock stars.

Taylor Swift is ahead of fellow pop stars Adele who is at No 9 with $80.5 million, Madonna at No. 12 with $76.5 million, Rihanna at No. 13 with $75 million and Katy Perry at No. 63 with $41 million.

Taylor Swift’s DJ ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris is at 21st position on the magazine’s list with $63 million.

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