Taylor Swift is top-earning celebrity

While members of the public have been soaking in the narrative songs about her personal love life, Taylor Swift (27) has been smiling to the bank with some serious money.

Swift snapped the top spot on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list with an estimated $170 million in the past year. She shot up seven places from number eight and easily exceeded her last year earnings of $80 million.

According to Forbes, “Taylor Swift 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 with big brand endorsements such Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.”

Musical artists One Direction came in second on this year’s Forbes list with $110 million. Others in the top 5 include author James Patterson ($95 million); talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw and soccer superstar Christiano Ronald ($88 million respectively); and comedian Kevin Hart ($87.5 million).

Here’s the top 10 list of highest-paid celebrities:

  1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
  2. One Direction ($110 million)
  3. James Patterson ($95 million)
  4. Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million)
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million)
  6. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)
  7. Howard Stern ($85 million)
  8. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)
  9. Adele ($80.5 million)
  10. Rush Limbaugh ($79 million)

It was also reported that Beyonce and husband Jay Z earned a combined $107.5 million over the past one year.

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