Taylor Swift beats Kanye West to top Forbes list of highest-earning celebs


Taylor Swift was named the world’s highest-paid celebrity on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, beating rival Kanye West.

Editors at Forbes estimated the 29-year-old singer made $185 million in pre-tax earnings in the year beginning June 1, 2018.

Swift last topped Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list in 2016, when her pre-tax earnings were calculated to be $170 million.

The bulk of Swift’s earnings were attributed to the success of her Reputation stadium tour, which, according to editors at Forbes, is the highest-grossing tour in U.S. history.

Swift’s fortune is likely to get even bigger when her new album Lover – her first release under new record label Republic Records – comes out in August.

Meanwhile, West returned to the list after a four-year absence. Forbes estimated his pre-tax earnings at $150 million, driven mostly by his popular Yeezy sneaker line, putting him in third place.

The 42-year-old’s placing comes three years after he claimed on Twitter he was $53 million in debt.

His sister-in-law, beauty mogul and reality TV star Kylie Jenner, is ranked second on the list, earning an estimated $170 million thanks to her best-selling Kylie Cosmetics business. West’s wife and Jenner’s sister, Kim Kardashian, also ranked at number 26.

The news of Swift’s huge earnings comes after she accused West’s manager Scooter Braun of “stripping her of her life’s work”, after the music mogul acquired her former record label Big Machine, including the rights to her first six albums.