Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-paid celebrity


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

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Taylor Swift has topped Forbes’ annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities.

With a $170m (£130m) fortune, the singer-songwriter is ahead of Adele, who’s at number nine with $80.5m (£61.9m), Madonna is in 12th spot with $76.5m (£58.8m) and Rihanna at number 13 with $75m (£57.7m).

Taylor’s 1989 World Tour earned more than $200m (£154m) last year.

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The star’s ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris is in 21st spot with $63m (£48.4m).

Other top 10 earners include boy band One Direction at number two with $110m (£84.6m), actor-comedian Kevin Hart at number six with $87.5m (£67.3m) and US radio DJ Howard Stern at number seven with $85m (£65.4m).

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Kim Kardashian is featured on the magazine’s cover.

She’s number 42 on the list with $51m (£39.2m).

Forbes says 40% of her pay this year came from her mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

The game’s maker, Glu Mobile, is scheduled to release an app starring Taylor Swift next year.

Katy Perry is at number 63 with $41m (£31.5m).

“The world’s 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in $5.1bn (£3.9bn) pre-tax over the past 12 months, more than the GDP of Belize, Gambia and Bhutan combined,” Forbes said.

Magazine editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg said live entertainment continues to be a major cash draw.

“From soccer games in Spain to concerts in China, fans are willing to shell out to see big names – and this is driving the celebrity economy to ever greater heights,” he said in a statement.

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On the Hollywood front, Jennifer Lawrence was the industry’s highest-paid actress for the second consecutive year, earning $46m (£35.1m), a slight drop from the $52m (£39.7m) The Hunger Games star banked the year before.

Actor Dwayne Johnson wrestled the highest-paid actor spot from Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr, earning $64.5m (£49.3m), largely thanks to the billion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise and the surprising success of 2015’s San Andreas movie.

Many athletes also made the list, including Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo ($88m – £67.2m), tennis player Roger Federer ($68m – £51.9m), and British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton ($46m – £34.9m).

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There are other Brits at 18 (Rolling Stones), 25 (Paul McCartney), 34 (Gordon Ramsay), 44 (Muse), 60 (Rory McIlroy), 61 (Elton John), 67 (Mumford & Sons), 77 (Gareth Bale) and 82 (Ed Sheeran).

Top 10 highest-paid celebrities

  1. Taylor Swift – $170m (£130m)
  1. One Direction – $110m (£84.6m)
  1. James Patterson (Author) – $95m (£72.3m)
  1. Dr Phil McGraw (US TV personality) and Cristiano Ronaldo – $88m (£67m)
  1. Kevin Hart – $87.5m (£66.6m)
  1. Howard Stern – $85m (£65.4m)
  1. Lionel Messi – $81.5m (£62.1m)
  1. Adele – $80.5m (£61.9m)
  1. Rush Limbaugh (US entertainer) – $79m (£60.1m)

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