Forbes Unveils 30 Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30


American business giant Forbes has published its annual list of the 30 highest earning celebrities under the age of 30 for 2016.

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As expected, Taylor Swift tops the list as the world celebrity with the highest earning, having banked the sum of $170 million during the past year.

Last year, Taylor Swift came second to British boy band One Direction, whose members range in age from 22-24. Swift’s tour for her ‘1989’ album grossed $200 million in North America. The album sold more than 9 million copies worldwide and was placed in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 for an entire year.

‘1989’ also made Swift the first woman ever to win the Best Album of the Year Grammy twice. She also padded her paycheck with endorsement deals with Apple, Diet Coke, Keds and other brands.

So far, Taylor Swift is the youngest member of member of FORBES list of America’s Richest Female Entertainers with an estimated net worth of $250 million.

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The world’s second highest-paid athlete, Lionel Messi, emerges the top three after One  Direction. The five-time FIFA player of the year winner made nearly $30 million off the pitch with endorsements from Adidas, Gatorade and more.

Drake, who turned 30 in October month, made the list at number 17 ($38 million), meaning he ranked 10 places higher than the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, who finished in 27th place ($32.5millon).

Forbes Unveils 30 Highest Earning Celebrities Under 30

The list once again asserts the very real issue of a gender gap. Nearly 90 percent of the celebrities featured under 30 were men.

The youngest member of the list is 22-year-old Justin Bieber (No. 6, $56 million), narrowly beating One Direction’s Harry Styles by one month.

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Justin Bieber

Tennis legend Rafael Nadal (No. 18, $37.5 million) just barely made the cut since his 30th birthday was two days after the end of our scoring period. Drake (No. 17, $38 million) and Usain Bolt (No. 27, $32.5 million) have also turned 30 since June 1.

The list comprises one actress, nine music acts (including two boy bands) and 10 athletes. The age factor is undoubtedly a factor in the preponderance of athletes. Though youth is a virtue across the entertainment industry, it is most applicable to professional sports.

The average age of the 100 highest-paid athletes is 31. In contrast, almost half the world’s highest-paid women in music are over 45, the 15 highest-paid TV actresses are all over 30 years old and 45% of the highest-paid Hollywood actors are over 50.

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Forbes 30 Under 30 List Top 10:

1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)

2. One Direction ($110 million)

3. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)

4. Adele ($80.5 million)

5. Rihanna ($75 million)

6. Justin Bieber ($56 million)

7. Novak Djokovic ($56 million)

8. Kevin Durant ($56 million)

9. The Weeknd ($55 million)

10. Jordan Spieth ($53 million)

Check out the full list over at Forbes here