These Are The Highest Paid Celebrities In The World, Right Now

By on July 19, 2016 in ArticlesCelebrity News

If you're a regular reader of Celebrity Net Worth, you've probably picked up on the fact that most celebrities make a lot of money. To illustrate just how much money, if you put the incomes of the 100 highest-paid celebs during the last year into just a single paycheck, that check would be written for approximately $5 billion in pretax dollars, more than the GDPs of Bhutan, Gambia, and Belize, combined. Here's how much the top earners made…

#1: Taylor Swift – $170 Million

Thanks largely to her 1989 World Tour, which brought in $5 million per night from tickets sold at stadiums over a six-leg, 85 show span, Taylor Swift topped the list with a whopping $170 million earned in the past 12 months. Her North American tour, alone, broke the record previously set for most money generated by a tour by the Rolling Stones, in 2005.

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Christopher Polk/Getty Images for TAS

One Direction – $200 Million

Boy band One Direction earned the number two spot on the list with the money they earned at the end of their $200 million-plus On the Road Again tour. Despite the departure of Zayn Malik from the group in March 2015 and the band's hiatus, One Direction earned $110 million in the past 12 months – more money than any active band.

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Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for HJPR

Adele –  $80.5 million

Adele is the only other woman, besides Taylor Swift, in the top ten highest-paid celebrities. The musician earned the number 9 spot, after selling a record 3.38 million copies of her new album, titled 25, in its opening week. She's the only musician on the list who earned more than half of her $80.5 million from music, and her earnings will grow significantly now that she's signed a massive record deal with Sony.

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Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Beyonce And Jay-Z – $107.5 Million

Beyonce and Jay Z raked in a combined $107.5 million. In fact, together they were the top earning couple of 2016. Although Queen B's Lemonade became her sixth No. 1 album, she made the bulk of her bucks on the road. Jay Z didn't play many shows or release an album during the past 12 months, but his business ventures paid off.

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also earned top-ten spots, coming in at number 4 and number 8, respectively. The Portugal captain, three-time FIFA best player in the world, and devilishly handsome Ronaldo earned $88 million. His massive social media following has helped Ronaldo land some key endorsements. Not far behind, Messi earned $81.5 million. The two soccer players are also the highest-paid athletes of 2016.

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Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images

Reality TV-star Kim Kardashian may have dropped nine spots to number 42 this year, but her mobile game "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood" has been a big success. Since its release with Glu Mobile, the game has been downloaded by 45 million people and has generated $160 million in revenue. Her cut, roughly $22.5 million per year, accounts for approximately 45% of Kardashian's annual $50 million income.

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Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Pop star Britney Spears was the 100th highest-paid celebrity in the world this year, a drop from the number 85 position last year. Last fall, Spears signed a two-year, $35 million deal to continue her run at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. She also released own mobile game with Glu Mobile in May, titled "Britney Spears: American Dream." Hey, if it works for Kim, why not Britney?

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Articles Written by Alyssa Camparo
Alyssa Camparo is a California girl who loves heated political debates, Hitchcock movies, gardening, and heavy metal mosh pits. She strives to convey her passion for life in her writing. Alyssa currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, son, and furry companion, Axl Rose.
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