Taylor Swift has been named the richest celebrity of 2019, in Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List, after pulling in a pre-tax income of $185 million (£147m). The You Need To Calm Down singer’s salary grew by 131% after her 2018 income of $80 million (£63 million).
This figure takes into account the income from Tay’s Reputation tour dates in 2018, as well as Netflix’s streaming of the tour, and her new deal at Republic Records, rumoured to be worth up tp $200 million (£159m).
Taylor who is currently feuding with Scooter Braun over the ownership of her masters following the sale of her former label Big Machine managed to beat self-made millionaire Kylie Jenner, who came in second place with a 2019 income of $170 million (£135m).
Kylie’s lip kits are the bulk of that fortune, with the 21-year-old’s company Kylie Cosmetics worth over $900 million (£718,000). Kylie’s brother-in-law Kanye West made an amazing turnaround from claiming he was millions in debt, making it to third place with his $150 million (£119m) income.
Lionel Messi and Ed Sheeran round out the top five, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, The Eagles, Dr Phil and Canelo Alvarez.
Forbes Celebrity Top 10
1. Taylor Swift – $185 million
2. Kylie Jenner – $170 million
3. Kanye West – $150 million
4. Lionel Messi – $127 million
5. Ed Sheeran -$110 million
6. Cristiano Ronaldo – $109 million
7. Neymar – $105 million
8. The Eagles – $100 million
9. Dr Phil McGraw – $95 million
10. Canelo Alvarez – $94 million
Other stars raking it in this year include JK Rowling ($92m), Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson ($89.4m), Jay-Z ($81m) and BTS, with the Korean band achieving $57 million (£45m) between them.
Athletes making the list included Roger Federer, Dwayne Johnson, Aaron Rodgers, LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant.