Taylor Swift tops Forbes’ highest-paid celebs under 30 list
Want to feel like an underachiever?
Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the richest entertainers under 30. And it’s no surprise that Taylor Swift wins something yet again, raking in over $57 million from May 2011 to May 2012. The 22-year-old had the Speak Now world tour during that time, which Forbes said brought in a cool $1 million a night.
Last year’s $90 million Monster winner Lady Gaga came in fourth this year, earning $52 million. Forbes attributes the drop to the fact that she didn’t tour during the time frame, and notes that she’s currently selling out shows in Eastern Europe and they expect a jump next year. (Although, $52 million is not exactly a failure.)
The list, which did not include athletes, does have a surprising No. 3 behind Swift and Justin Bieber: Rihanna. Forbes points out that the Talk That Talk singer toured during the year, and also has many endorsement deals with products such as Nivea lotion.
Naturally, all three of the Twilight trio — Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and Robert Pattinson — made the top 10. Lautner and Pattinson may have an onscreen rivalry, but off screen there’s no jealousy — the duo made the exact same amount of money (and made less than Stewart).
The full top 10:
1. Taylor Swift: $57 million
2. Justin Bieber: $55 million
3. Rihanna: $53 million
4. Lady Gaga: $52 million
5. Katy Perry: $45 million
6. Adele: $35 million
7. Kristen Stewart: 34.5 million
8. Lil Wayne: $27 million
9. Taylor Lautner: $26.5 million
10. Robert Pattinson: $26.5 million
If there’s one takeaway tip from these rich young entertainers, it’s that you can’t go wrong with perfume: All of the top five have fragrance deals (although Gaga’s won’t be released until later this year).