Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Taylor Swift tops Kylie Jenner on Forbes' world’s highest-paid celebrities list

Taylor Swift tops Kylie Jenner on Forbes' world’s highest-paid celebrities list

Taylor Swift has been deemed the world's highest paid entertainer for 2019 with Kylie Jenner coming in second followed by Kanye West in third.

But it's not all bad: 21-year-old Jenner raked in a cool $170 million this year ($244 m AUD) - $100 m more than her older sister, Kim Kardashian, who ranked at no. 26 with a yearly income of $72 million ($103 m AUD).

The bulk of Swift's 2018/19 earnings is likely to derive from her Reputation stadium tour, which Forbes adjudged to be the highest-grossing tour in United States history.

Earlier this year, Jenner was named the youngest self made billionaire by Forbes, after her net worth was estimated at $1 billion dollars.

Other famous faces landing in the top 10 include Swift's good friend, 28-year-old Ed Sheeran, who nabbed the number five spot with $110 million, and 68-year-old Dr. Phil, who is at number nine with $95 million.

Forbes published the list on Wednesday noting that Swift's earnings have hit a whopping $185 million. Billboard Boxscore reported that it broke the record for highest-grossing tour coming in at $266.1 million in gross sales, and that's just domestically.

Swift, Jenner, and West might be earning nine figures annually, but they're not the only celebrities who enjoyed huge paydays in the previous year. Swift's upcoming album "Lover", due out this summer, may just help her onto next year's list.

The Celebrity 100 ranks "front of the camera" stars around the globe using their pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents.

Soccer players Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, sitting at Nos. Dwayne Johnson is the first actor to come up on the list, at No. 15.

Forbes breaks down their list into subgroups.

Taylor is one of only 16 women on the list of 100 celebrities.

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