TAYLOR SWIFT EMERGE AS THE HIGHEST EARNING CELEBRITY IN 2016 BEATING THE LIKES OF KIM KARDASHIAN AND ADELE
By Dennis Milimo
Taylor Swift has emerged the No. 1 highest-paid entertainer on Forbes’ new Celebrity 100 list for 2016 with earnings of $170 million over the past year, beating football stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and popular musician Adele who came 4th, 8th and 9th on the list respectively.
Swift has clinched the 2016 top position after international boxer, Floyd Mayweather who raked in a whopping $300 million last year.
Taylor Swift Swift sat in eighth place with $80 million in earnings on last year’s list, meaning she saw a 112% increase in the year that included the 1989 World Tour and brand partnerships with Diet Coke, Keds, and Apple.
The three-time FIFA best player, Cristiano Ronaldo who came 4th on the list whit $88 million makes a salary of $50 million per year to top his counterpart, Lionel Messi who, with $81.5 million, topped music star, Adele was able to clinch the 8th position.
However, Forbes adds that Adele, with $80.5 million is the only musician on this year’s Celebrity 100 list who made more than half of their money from their music.
A look at the top 10 celebrity earners revealed that Rush Limbaugh came 10th with $79 million, Howard Stern, 7th with $85 million, Kevin Hart, 6th with $87.5 million, Dr. Phil, 4th with $88 million while James Patterson and One Direction took 3rd and 2nd positions with $95 million and $110 million respectively.
Other celebrity who made the list is Kim Kardashian. Kardashian who made the 2016 Forbes cover stars in a mobile game, Kim Kardashian:
Hollywood, in which players create their own celebrity, befriend Kim and work their way onto the A-list. Hollywood has been downloaded 45 million times and generated $160 million in revenue.
FORBES estimates that Kardashian has pocketed $45 million from it over that period. This year she earned $51 million to land at No. 42 on FORBES’ Celebrity 100 list; 40% of her yearly paycheck came from the game.
Here is the top ten list
1 Taylor Swift $170,000,000 USA
2 One Direction $110,000,000 UK
3 James Patterson $95,000,000 USA
4 Dr. Phil McGraw $88,000,000 USA
5 Cristiano Ronaldo $88,000,000 Portugal
6 Kevin Hart $87,500,000 USA
7 Howard Stern $85,000,000 USA
8 Lionel Messi $81,500,000 Argentina
9 Adele $80,500,000 UK
10 Rush Limbaugh $79,000,000 USA
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