Taylor Swift Is The World's Highest-Paid Celebrity Of The Past Year
By James Dinh
July 10, 2019
Taylor Swift is back on top of Forbes' highest-paid celebrity list after earning a whopping $185 million in pretax income over the last year. This marks her biggest earnings total yet.
As per the new report, the pop titan's estimated pay grew 131% after earning $80 million in 2018 largely due to her "Reputation Stadium Tour." The 53-show trek stopped at 35 cities, seven countries and four continents. In addition to touring, Swift also took the top spot due to endorsement deals with Netflix, Apple, AT&T and Diet Coke. Swift last topped Forbes' Celebrity 100 in 2016 with her $170 earning, courtesy of her "1989 World Tour."
During her iHeartRadio Music Awards appearance, Swift spoke about the doubts that some had about her touring venture when accepting the honor of Tour of the Year. "I think one of the most wonderful things about the way that this whole tour turned out is that for like the entire six months leading up to the first show of this tour, every headline that I read about the tour was, 'This is going to be a massive failure. This is going to be a flop tour,'" she explained. "And you know, it really did wonders for my self-esteem. It was really great to hear people saying that I was going to be playing to nearly empty stadiums. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot. And one of the things that I’ve learned is life is really unpredictable and people can make forecasts, and they can make predictions, but those predictions and forecasts may not come true if there’s an unforeseeable factor involved. And that unforeseeable factor in this case was my fans. So honestly, I honestly owe everything, everything in my life to you."
As for the remainder of the Celebrity 100 list, Kylie Jenner took the second spot with $170 million as Kanye West came in third with $150 million. Among the other notable names include Ed Sheeran in fifth place with $110 and Cristiano Ronaldo in sixth place with $109 million. Click here to see the full ranking!
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