Taylor Swift tops Forbes' list of highest paid celebrities
Selena Gomez might have usurped Taylor Swift’s title as the most-followed person on Instagram, but the 1989 singer is still ruling the bankroll.
The 26-year-old tops Forbes’ annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities, raking in $170 million over the past year. Her 2016 sum more than doubled her previous best of $80 million. This year she beats out fellow pop stars Adele (No. 9, $80.5 million), Madonna (No. 12, $76.5 million), Rihanna (No. 13, $75 million), and Katy Perry (No. 63, $41 million).
Swift’s newly padded funds come courtesy of a banner year; her 1989 World Tour earned more than $200 million alone. She also snagged cash for collaborations with brands like Diet Coke, Keds, and Apple.
Swift surpassed ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, who claimed the No. 21 spot with $63 million, by a nearly threefold margin. Had they stayed together, they would have been Forbes’ top-earning celebrity couple, more than doubling Beyoncé and Jay Z’s $107.5 million total.
Other top 10 earners include boy band One Direction at No. 2 with $110 million, actor-comedian Kevin Hart at No. 6 with $87.5 million, and media magnate Howard Stern at No. 7 with $85 million.