Unless you’ve completely unplugged from social media, you know that Taylor Swift has been having a rough few weeks. The singer-songwriter has been in a public feud with Scooter Braun, who she calls a bully, after he acquired the rights to her masters. But despite all the negativity, she has a lot to be proud of, and her hard work has clearly paid off. Forbes just released its list of the top 100 highest-earning entertainers in the world, and guess who landed the number one spot? T. Swift.
The magazine estimated that the 10-time Grammy winner rakes in about $185 million per year (pre-tax), a 131 percent increase compared to the $80 million she took home last year. The 29-year-old pop star can thank her Reputation Stadium Tour, which was a massive success, for the majority of these earnings. (Fun fact: It’s estimated that the tour was attended by 2.8 million fans.) The concert series solidified itself as the highest-grossing tour in U.S. history, grossing a whopping $345 million. Casual. It also brought in a payout from Netflix, who released a Reputation concert film in December.
In response to the haters, Swift reflected on her tour in the April issue of Elle: “A few years ago, someone started an online hate campaign by calling me a snake on the internet. The fact that so many people jumped on board with it led me to feeling lower than I’ve ever felt in my life, but I can’t tell you how hard I had to keep from laughing every time my 63-foot inflatable cobra named Karyn appeared onstage in front of 60,000 screaming fans.”
This is the second time Swift has topped the Celebrity 100 list, the first being in 2016 after The 1989 World Tour.
You could probably guess that Kylie Jenner, the youngest self-made billionaire, wasn’t far behind with $170 million in pretax income over the past year. Other badass ladies made the cut as well, with Beyoncé at number 20 with $81 million, Kim Kardashian in 26th with $72 million, Rihanna at number 36 with $62 million, Ariana Grande at 62 with $48 million, and Lady Gaga at 90 with $39.5 million. But although the list includes a number of famous females, Forbes points out that only 16 out of 100 are women. “The imbalance indicates the gender pay gap existing throughout the entertainment industry,” the publication says.
To calculate their list, Forbes uses sources like including ComScore and Nielsen Music, as well as interviews with the celebrities. The earnings are taken from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019 and before Dany fees for managers, lawyers and agents. Click here to view the full list.