Taylor Swift Is The World’s Highest Paid Celebrity


Forbes annual celebrity 100 list has pop star Taylor Swift crowned as the highest paid celebrity in the world, beating the likes of Adele and Madonna with a massive £131 million.

The Shake It Off superstar pulled in $170m (£129.4m) over the past year, outpacing her rival Katy Perry who was last year’s highest-paid musician. Swift’s 1989 album sold more than 5 million units in the US alone and was followed by a massively successful world tour.

In second place on the annual list is One Direction estimated to be worth $110m (£84.7m). The boy band are currently on hiatus with Harry Styles pursuing acting ambitions in Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk, and bandmates Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne rumoured to be working on new music.

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In third place with $95m (£72.3m) is American thriller author James Patterson. He is best known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, and has sold more than 300 million copies of his books and holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to sell one million e-books.

TV personality Dr Phil McGraw, who hosts popular talk show Dr Phil, and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo came at joint number four with $88m (£66.9m). They are followed by Kevin Hart, who has earnings of $87.5m, at number six. The comedian, who is best known for his role in Scary Movie, has filled venues throughout the year and is the first comedian to out-earn Jerry Seinfeld.

Radio host and self-proclaimed “king of media” Howard Stern came at number seven with $85m (£64.5), while Argentine soccer sensation Lionel Messi arrived at number eight on the list with $81.5m (£62m).

Adele was listed at number nine with $80.5m(£62m) after her phenomenally successful album 25. Conservative radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh, who is one of the most listened to radio hosts in the US, came in at number ten with $79m (£60m).

Forbes ranks talent across the entire entertainment world in order to analyse the income of the world’s richest celebrities. They compile the data using figures from IMDB, Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and trawl through interviews with those on the list and industry figures.

Madonna racked up £59 million, edging out Rihanna with £58 million and the Firework hitmaker with £32 million. Taylor Swift’s ex Calvin Harris pulled in £49 million, according to the list.

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Reality star Kim Kardashian, who is featured on the cover of the magazine, was 42nd on the list with earnings of £39 million.