Taylor Swift tops Forbes celebrity rich-list

Pop princess Taylor Swift has been crowned the world’s highest-earning celebrity, according to Forbes’ annual celebrity rich-list.

The Shake It Off hitmaker, who released her fifth studio album in 2014, earned a staggering $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter earned just $80 million in the previous 12 month period.

Swift’s world tour to promote the album, 1989, drew in a quarter of a billion dollars, while the singer also has megabucks promo deals with Diet Coke and Apple.

Last year, ‘1989 World Tour’ earned more than $200m (£154m) alone.

The star’s ex-boyfriend, Scottish DJ and super-producer Calvin Harris is in 21st spot with $63m (£48.4m) but there is no place for current beau Tom Hiddleston.

Other top 10 earners include 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).

Pop star Katy Perry, who  pop star boasts the highest follower count on Twitter as of the beginning of July, 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.

On the Hollywood front, Jennifer Lawrence was Tinseltown’s highest-paid actress for the second consecutive year, earning $46m (£35.1m.

Actor Dwayne Johnson is the highest-paid actor, earning $64.5m (£49.3m), most of it thanks to the billion-dollar Fast and Furious franchise.

 

Top 10 highest-paid celebrities

1. Taylor Swift – $170m (£130m)

2. One Direction – $110m (£84.6m)

3. James Patterson (Author) – $95m (£72.3m)

4. Dr Phil McGraw (US TV personality) and Cristiano Ronaldo – $88m (£67m)

6. Kevin Hart – $87.5m (£66.6m)

7. Howard Stern – $85m (£65.4m)

8. Lionel Messi – $81.5m (£62.1m)

9. Adele – $80.5m (£61.9m)

10. Rush Limbaugh (US entertainer) – $79m (£60.1m)

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