In an event that’s rather unsurprising, Taylor Swift topped Forbes’ annual list of highest paid celebrities. According to The Associated Press, the singer raked in a whopping $170 million this year, which is more than double the earnings of fellow pop star top-earners.
Swift had a big year. Her 1989 world tour grossed $200 million alone. Pepper in exclusive ad campaigns with Apple Music and the fact that 1989 is the fastest selling album in over 10 years, and that’s a pretty hefty paycheck. Kind of makes all the heartbreak worth it. Right, Taylor?
Swift’s earnings are enormous compared to her peers. Adele, who ranked at number nine, brought in $80.5 million; Madonna ranked in at number 12 with $76.5 million; and Rihanna, who was number 13, pulled in $75 million. Katy Perry, who’s last album Prism was released in 2013, only pulled in a measly $41 million (though, we’d still take it!).
The top ten earners were a spattering of media giants, bands and actors. One Direction fell just below Swift at number two with $110 million in earnings (though that’s split among all members, which kind of feels like cheating). Comedian Kevin Hart beat Adele and landed at number six with $87.5 million, and Howard Stern somehow still pulled in $85 million.
It should also be noted that even though Kim Kardashian graced the cover of Forbes’ issue, and her family seems to be in the press just as much — if not more than — Taylor Swift, she only brought in $41 million. An alleged 40 percent of her earnings were from her mobile app. Who really cares though when your husband is Kanye?
Perhaps the most interesting part of this list is the fact that Swiftie’s ex Calvin Harris also made the top 100. Harris pulled in $63 million landing him at number 21. Do you think he’s a little jealous?
At the time of this writing, there’s no word on how much Meredith or Olivia Benson pulled in, but we’re guessing they’re sitting like pretty kitties off Taylor’s income.