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Taylor Swift tops Forbes celebrity rich list


Forbes has named its top-earning celebrities for the past year, but the No. 1 placeholder could have taken out another title if it wasn't for a break-up.

Taylor Swift was named No.1 on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list after the 26-year-old singer made US$170 million (NZ$236m) over the past year.

Swift's earnings came from her 1989 world tour, along with sponsorship deals with brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.

The Shake It Off hitmaker - currently dating actor Tom Hiddleston, 35 - more than doubled her earnings of US$80 million from the previous year.

And she is set to rake in the cash after partnering with Glu Mobile Inc on a new game.

Speaking in February, Glu Chairman and CEO, Niccolo de Masi, said: "Bringing with her over 227 million social followers, I am thrilled to welcome Taylor Swift, an award-winning singer, musician and songwriter, to Glu's family. We understand that Taylor and her global fan base expect a new and highly differentiated mobile gaming experience ...

"Glu is equally committed to designing never before seen gameplay elements that use Taylor's unique creativity. Accordingly, we will spend the required development time to ensure this innovation is achieved."

Meanwhile, Swift's former boyfriend Calvin Harris, who she split from in May, takes the No. 21 spot on the list with US$63 million.

Swift beat off competition from One Direction (US$110 million) who placed second on the list, Kevin Hart at six with $87.5 million, Howard Stern in seventh place (US$85 million), Adele at nine with US$80.5 million, Madonna in 12th place (US$76.5 million), Rihanna at number 12 (US$75 million) and Katy Perry at No. 63 (US$41 million), to take the top spot.

#1 Taylor Swift #2 One Direction #3 James Patterson #4 Dr. Phil McGraw #4 Cristiano Ronaldo #6 Kevin Hart #7 Howard Stern #8 Lionel Messi #9 Adele #10 Rush Limbaugh #11 LeBron James #12 Madonna #13 Rihanna #13 Ellen DeGeneres #15 Garth Brooks #16 Roger Federer #17 AC/DC #18 Rolling Stones #19 Dwayne Johnson #20 David Copperfield #21 Calvin Harris #22 Sean Combs #23 Jackie Chan #24 Bruce Springsteen #25 Paul McCartney #26 Novak Djokovic #26 Kevin Durant #26 Justin Bieber #26 Kenny Chesney #30 U2 #30 Matt Damon #30 Ryan Seacrest #30 The Weeknd #34 Beyoncé Knowles #34 Gordon Ramsay #36 Jay Z #37 Phil Mickelson #37 Tom Cruise #37 Cam Newton #37 Jordan Spieth #37 Luke Bryan #42 Kim Kardashian #43 Kobe Bryant #44 Muse #45 Foo Fighters #46 Johnny Depp #47 Toby Keith #48 Judy Sheindlin #49 Jennifer Lawrence #49 Lewis Hamilton #51 Tiger Woods #52 Eli Manning #53 Joe Flacco #54 Bigbang #54 Floyd Mayweather #54 Tom Brady #57 Jerry Seinfeld #58 Ben Affleck #58 Sofía Vergara #60 Rory McIlroy #61 Russell Wilson #61 Elton John #63 Sebastian Vettel #63 Dr. Dre #63 Katy Perry #66 Jimmy Buffett #67 Mumford & Sons #68 Jennifer Lopez #69 Drake #70 Philip Rivers #70 Tiesto #72 Zlatan Ibrahimovic #72 Rafael Nadal #72 Neymar #75 Fernando Alonso #75 Jason Aldean #77 Gareth Bale #78 Marcell Dareus #78 Vin Diesel #80 Derrick Rose #80 Peyton Manning #82 Kei Nishikori #82 A.J. Green #82 Maroon 5 #82 Ed Sheeran #86 Melissa McCarthy #86 James Harden #86 Robert Downey Jr. #86 Dave Matthews Band #86 Shah Rukh Khan #91 Usain Bolt #92 Clayton Kershaw #92 Dwyane Wade #94 Akshay Kumar #94 Brad Pitt #94 Penn & Teller #97 Drew Brees #97 Carmelo Anthony #99 Gisele Bündchen #99 Britney Spears

source: nzherald.co.nz


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