A quick look at some of the highest paid celebrities in the world according to Forbes records.
The list features both young and old artistes who did a great job with their talents.
Right at the top of the list is 26-year-old Taylor Swift who is perhaps the youngest on the list.
The young artiste earned a whopping $170 million over the previous year, placing her on top of the list of world’s highest paid celebrities.
She did more than double her previous record of $80 million last year. Taylor Swift’s take from June 2015 to June 2016 is apparently the highest total of her young career, the magazine said.
The young star out-earned other famous musicians like Adele – $80.5 million, Madonna – $76.5 million, Rihanna – $75 million and Bruce Springsteen – $60.5 million.
If your mouth is still gaping from the news, then this will drop your jaws to the ground. The singer also surpassed some of the most popular athletes in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo who topped the list of highest paid athletes in the world at $88m took the fourth spot on this one while Lionel Messi, World’s best player at $81.5m took the 8th spot.
Other athletes like tennis man Roger Federer ($68 million), and German race car driver Sebastian Vettel ($41 million) also made the list.
Her rival Katy Perry who was last year’s top-earning musician at $135 million, according to Forbes magazine’s annual list of 100 highest paid celebrities, couldn’t see her tail light this time.
Even more saddening is the fact that Perry dropped to number 63 on this year’s list, earning a meagre $41 million.
According to Forbes analysis, Swift’s “1989 World Tour” takes the credit for her huge earnings this time.
“The world’s 100 highest paid celebrities pulled in $5.1 billion pretax over the past 12 months, more than the GDP of Belize, Gambia and Bhutan combined,” Forbes said.
The magazine’s editor Zack O’Malley Greenberg acknowledged that 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.
Jennifer Lawrence topped the list of Hollywood’s highest paid actress for the second consecutive year. Though “The Hunger Games” star earned $46 million, which is a slight drop from the $52 million she took home the previous year.
And for the highest paid actor, Dwayne Johnson wrestled the highest paid actor spot from “Iron Man’s” Robert Downey Jr., earning $64.5 million.
World’s 10 Highest Paid Celebrities
- Taylor Swift 26 $170 M Musicians
2. One Direction – $110 M Musicians
3. James Patterson 69 $95 M Authors
4. Dr. Phil McGraw 65 $88 M Personalities
5. Cristiano Ronaldo 31 $88 M Athletes
6. Kevin Hart 37 $87.5 M Comedians
7. Howard Stern 62 $85 M Personalities
8. Lionel Messi 29 $81.5 M Athletes
9. Adele 28 $80.5 M Musicians
10. Rush Limbaugh 65 $79 M Personalities