Taylor Swift tops Forbes list of highest-earning celebs
Pop singer Taylor Swift is the world’s top-earning celebrity, according to an annual countdown of highest-paid stars.
Forbes estimates the 29-year-old singer made $185m (£148m in pre-tax earnings in the year beginning 1 June 2018.
Swift last topped Forbes’ Celebrity 100 in 2016, when her pre-tax earnings were calculated to be $170m (£136m.
The news follows Swift accusing music mogul Scooter Braun of “stripping her of her life’s work” by acquiring her former record label Big Machine.
Jenner, who turns 22 next month, was ranked third in last year’s Celebrity 100 countdown, below boxer Floyd Merryweather and actor George Clooney.
Rapper Kanye West earns third place in this year’s rundown, having made an estimated $150m (£120m in 2018/2019.
The 42-year-old’s top-three ranking, derived in part from his Yeezy sneaker empire, comes three years after he claimed on Twitter he was $53m (£42m in debt.
Footballers Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar also feature in a top 10 alongside rock veterans The Eagles and TV personality Dr Phil.
Ed Sheeran, who is placed fifth in the list, is the highest-ranking Briton with estimated pre-tax earnings of $110m (£88m.
New entries in this year’s countdown include South Korean group BTS at 43, Ariana Grande at 62 and actor Paul Rudd, who is ranked joint 83rd.
The 50-year-old is adjudged to have made as much as the Rolling Stones – an estimated $41m (£32m – in a year that saw him star in both Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Endgame.