Jul 13, 2016

    Swift pulls in the most earnings, with $229m


    AT THE tender age of 26, Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity, pulling in a whopping US$170 million (S$229 million) over the past year, Forbes magazine said on Monday.

    The pop diva's take from June 2015 to June 2016 is the highest total of her young career, the magazine noted, more than doubling her haul of US$80 million last year.

    She out-earned other famous musicians, including Adele (US$80.5 million), Madonna (US$76.5 million) and Rihanna (US$75 million).

    The "Shake It Off" singer also outpaced rival Katy Perry who was last year's top-earning musician at US$135 million, according to Forbes magazine's annual list of 100 highest-paid celebrities.

    Perry dropped to number 63 on this year's list, earning a mere US$41 million.

    Swift's huge earnings were largely thanks to her 1989 World Tour, grossing US$200 million on the continent en route to a quarter of a billion worldwide, the magazine said.

    Coming in at number two was boy band One Direction, (US$110 million), followed by author James Patterson (US$95 million).

    On the Hollywood front, Jennifer Lawrence was the industry's highest-paid actress for the second consecutive year, earning US$46 million.

    Actor Dwayne Johnson wrestled the highest-paid actor spot from Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr, earning US$64.5 million, largely thanks to the Fast And Furious franchise and the surprising success of 2015's San Andreas movie.

    Many athletes also made the list, including Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (US$88 million), tennis player Roger Federer (US$68 million) and German race car driver Sebastian Vettel (US$41 million).