Taylor Swift, American singer, has been named the highest-paid celebrity by Forbes, popular business magazine — having amassed a pretax income of $185 million over the past year.


The pop singer’s pay was reported to have grown by an estimated 131% after similarly topping Forbes’ celebrity 100 listicle of the highest-earning stars with $170 million in 2016.

With her ‘1989 World Tour’ seeing her topple other celebrities in 2016 and her successive ‘The Reputation Stadium Tour’ making her the highest-earning for 2019, Swift’s musical tours have indeed played a crucial role in her success.

According to Billboard Boxscore, Swift’s 2018 tour had surpassed her own ‘1989 World Tour’ as the highest-grossing in the U.S. and amassed a record-breaking $266.1 million domestically.


She can also be said to have ridden on the back of giants after Netflix acquired exclusive rights to her tour for a live concert special — a move which ultimately earned her an overall $345 million.

The tour spanned 36 cities, seven countries, and four continents, and saw her ride on the waves of endorsement deals that accrued from brands like Apple, AT&T and Diet Coke.

As if this wasn’t enough, Forbes estimated Swift’s record label switch for Universal Music Group’s Republic Records to be worth up to $200 million — a substantial addition to her coffers.


Other celebrities closely following her include Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Lionel Messi, and Ed Sheran.

See top 15 below:

  1. Taylor Swift – $185 million
  2. Kylie Jenner $170 million
  3. Kanye West – $150 million
  4. Lionel Messi – $127 million
  5. Ed Sheeran $110 million
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo – $109 million
  7. Neymar – $105 million
  8. The Eagles – $100 million
  9. Dr. Phil McGraw – $95 million
  10. Canelo Alvarez – $94 million
  11. Roger Federer – $93.4 million
  12. Howard Stern – $93 million
  13. J.K. Rowling – $92 million
  14. Russell Wilson – $89.5 million
  15. Dwayne Johnson – $89.4 million

See the full listicle of 100 here.


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