Forbes has released their annual "celebrity edition" capitalism olympics today, revealing that, at least for now, bops and concerts can still make you more than lip-kits, at least in a year.
Taylor Swiftwas dubbed the the highest-paid famous (the list uses the terms celebrity and entertainer interchangeably) of the year. Over the past year, the 29-year-old made $185 million in pre-tax income in sales, streams, endorsement deals with Apple, AT&T and Diet Coke, her concert film, most importantly: the Reputation world tour, which was the highest-grossing history (since Billboard started tracking tour earnings in 1990) drawing $345 million internationally into Swift Enterprises.
The order is a little bit misleading. Is Taylor actually richer than Kylie? No. The 21-year-old, being the 100% shareholder of Kylie Cosmetics, a company worth 900 million dollars, has a net worth of $1 billion. Although Taylor had a bigger year, overall, she's basically a starving artist, worth a meager $360 million overall (Taylor might be institution, she's not literally a company). For context, Taylor received an 8 on Forbes self-made-o-meter, while Kylie scored a 7 (a small differential some people might take issue with about).
Don't worry though — everyone is very rich and only getting richer. Taylor Swift previously topped the same celebrity-earnings list in 2017 with only $170 million. Her brand new record deal with Republic Records, after her unhappy departure from lifelong label Big Machine (who she fought with along with mega-manager Scooter Braun over ownership of her catalogue) is reportedly worth $200 million, sho we're likely to see her back again at an even higher figure.