Taylor Swift Named Forbes’ Highest-Paid Celebrity

December 1, 2016 By Jordan Miller

She can build a castle.



Forbes names Taylor Swift the highest-paid female musician earlier this year, and her feat extends into their Highest-Paid Celebrity celebrity list.

According to their stats, Swift raked in $170 million, sky rocketing her to the top with a $60 million difference between first and second place which belongs to One Direction. They grossed $110 million in the specified time frame.

Adele comes in at No. 3 with $80.5 million.

See their full list here.

UPDATE // NOVEMBER 2: It should come as no surprise that Taylor Swift is music’s highest paid woman considering she was named the highest-paid celebrity (male or female) back in July.

Forbes is repurposing her star power for their benefit, naming her the The World’s Highest-Paid Woman In Music 2016.

Adele comes in second with $80.5 million, who unlike most musicians, actually makes most of her money on album sales. Madonna comes in at No. 3 with $76.5 million thanks to her Rebel Heart tour, which grossed $170 million.

Forbes’ Top Highest-Paid Women In Music:

1. Taylor Swift $170 million
2. Adele – $80.5 million
3. Madonna – $76.5 million
4. Rihanna – $75 million
5. Beyonce – $54 million
6. Katy Perry – $41 million
7. Jennifer Lopez – $39.5 million
8. Britney Spears $30.5 million
9. Shania Twain – $27.5 million
10. Celine Dion – $27 million

And then there’s the rest of us eating Top Ramen.


Taylor Swift is shaking off all the puzzling reports about her new romance by counting her dollars. All $170 million of em.

The 1989 singer grossed more than $200 million from her tour last year, catapulting her to the top of Forbes’ Celebrities 100 List of highest-paid stars list. She surpasses her musical peers like One Direction at No. 2 with $110 million, Adele at No. 9 with $80.5 million, Madonna at No. 12 with $76.5 million, Rihanna at No. 13 with $75 million and Katy Perry at No. 63 with $41 million.

Her ex Calvin Harris lands at No. 21 with $63 million.

Kim Kardashian graces the issue’s cover, who placed No. 42 on the list with $51 million. Forbes says 40% of her income came from her mobile app, so it should be no surprise to hear Taylor Swift has one in the works as well.


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