Forbes 2019, 100 highest paid celebrities list is out. And guess who rules the charts? Its 29-year-old country turned pop musician, teen sensation, Taylor Swift. What got her there was her 2018 “Reputation” world tour, which grossed just over $266 million, making it the highest-grossing tour ever. Swift’s upcoming album “Lover,” due out this summer, may just help her onto next year’s list. Swift’s 2018 earnings amounted to $185 million, according to Forbes. Instead of measuring net worth, the magazine looked at “front of the camera” stars around the globe and measured their pre-tax earnings between June 1 2018, and June 1, 2019.
Kylie Jenner ranks second on the list after Swift. The 21-year-old sold $360 million worth of Kylie Cosmetics in 2018, giving her annual earnings of $170 million. Jenner also made headlines earlier this year when Forbes said she was on track to become the world’s youngest “self-made” billionaire. Jenner’s brother-in-law and Swift’s foil, Kanye West, take the No. 3 spot. West’s Yeezy shoe line raked in an estimated $1 billion in sales over the past 12 months. He also owns his Yeezy clothing company.
Our very own Akshay Kumar, the only Indian actor, stands tall at the ranking of 33 with the earnings of 65 million.
Forbes also mentions that while two powerful women, Swift and Jenner are the highest paid celebrities, only 16 women made the list overall, and pay inequality is rampant everywhere. These 16 women on this list earned $1.17 billion. Though that’s much less than the $5.09 billion pulled in by the 84 men on the Celebrity 100. It’s quite a bit more per person, an average of $73 million for each woman compared to $60.5 million for each man. Now that is a positive sign.
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