Taylor Swift is top earning celebrity


Taylor Swift takes a break from the red carpet to take a “selfy” with a fan at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip. Sunday, April 6, 2014.

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(CNNMoney) — While the world has been watching Taylor Swift’s love life play out, she’s been amassing some serious coin.

Swift has nabbed the top spot on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. The singer earned an estimated $170 million in the past year, driven in part by her very successful 1989 World Tour. Swift more than doubled her take from last year, when she earned $80 million.

“She smashed the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing $200 million on the continent en route to quarter of a billion dollars in total,” Forbes reports. “She also pads her pocketbook by shilling for brands including Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.”

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

One sad note: Had Swift stayed with her now ex-boo superstar DJ/producer Calvin Harris, she would have topped two lists.

With his $63 million in earnings, the pair would have been the top-earning Celebrity 100 couple, outpacing Beyonce and Jay Z who earned a combined $107.5 million over the past year.

Shake it off Taylor, as there’s always next year to aim for.

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