See The Top 15 Celebrities That Earned The Most Money In 2016

Taylor Swift

The Forbes Celebrity 100, 2016 is out. And it’s that time of the year when we review how much celebrities took home for entertaining us. This year, the number one spot goes to country turned pop musician Taylor Swift who earned a total $170 million, thanks largely to the outstanding success of her 1989 tour. While that is over double of what she made last year, it is still a far cry from what the 2015 highest earner, Floyd Mayweather took home- $300 million. The now retired pro boxer is obviously still spending from that paycheck. Last year’s highest earning couple Taylor and Calvin Harris could have well earned the title this year again but their split gave the crown to Queen B and Jay Z who both garnered a total of $107.5 million, thanks to Bey’s controversial Lemonade album. Here’s a look at what the top 15 highest earners made between June 2015 and June 2016.

15. Garth Brooks

Total Earnings: $70 million

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks came 6th on last year’s list with total earnings of $90 million, thanks to his world tour. This year, that same tour has landed him a spot at No 15 with $70 million earnings. Brooks could well be back on next year’s list as his tour stands to be extended till next year. It seems the country star is out to make up for lost time.

14. Rihanna

Total Earnings: $75 million


Work crooner earned her second Billboard 200 number 1 album with the release of ANTI. Ironically, ANTI is the lowest selling Billboard number 1 album in history. But Riri doesn’t only depend on album sales for livelihood, she endorses top brands like Samsung, Puma, Stance and Dior. Her signature Fenty Puma line of shoes sold out like hot cakes. Her Anti World Tour which kicked off in January 2016 has so far grossed $21.9 million.

13. Ellen DeGeneres

Total Earnings: $75 million

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen again made $75 million this year, the same figure she earned last year. Her daytime talk show watched by over 3 million people keeps churning out profits from ads. She further banks from her mobile game Heads Up! which has been downloaded over 25 million times. She has a deal with CoverGirl and also landed a role to voice the titular character in “Finding Dory”.


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