Tom Hiddleston, you LISTENING?!
Taylor Swift’s income is the stuff that dreams are made of: namely, my dreams of wanting to buy giant farms in Wyoming and forget Taylor Swift exist. ANYHOW, the pop diva earned $170 million over the past year, giving her the No. 1 spot on the 2016 FORBES Celebrity 100 list. Can you believe it? We all kinda can, but I guess the extent seems surprising.
Swift’s payday comes courtesy of her massive 1989 World Tour. She smashed the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total. She also pads her pocketbook by shilling for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.
The superstar’s total is barely half as high as last year’s Celeb 100 champ’s haul–Floyd Mayweather pulled in $300 million in 2015 after the fight of the century with Manny Pacquiao–but it’s easily more than last year’s highest-paid musician, Katy Perry, who banked $135 million.
Swift’s 2016 take is by far the highest total of her career, more than doubling last year’s $80 million sum, her previous best.
She’s also got plenty of new song fodder: Swift out-earned ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, who claimed the No. 21 spot on our list with $63 million, by a nearly threefold margin. Had they stayed together, they would have been the top-earning Celebrity 100 couple, more than doubling Beyonce and Jay Z’s $107.5 million total.
Ahhh, international businessmen. What’s that like? Turns out, it IS great, provided no parents step on your clothes!