Taylor Swift is #1 on Billboard’s annual Money Makers rich list earning $39,699,575.60. Fueled by 2012’s ‘Red,’ the singer’s album sales were eighth among all of Billboard’s Money Makers, while on the digital front she sold nearly 10 million downloads, ranking sixth, and fifth in streaming royalties, tops in country music.
But where Swift is most potent is on the road, performing in packed arena after packed arena. Revenue from six months of touring the United States on the Red Tour tops all fellow money makers with an estimated take of $30 million, according to Billboard Boxscore.
The tour also boasted lucrative sponsorships (Keds, Elizabeth Arden, Diet Coke) and a ravaged merch table, which averaged $17 per head. Swift topped the rich list just two years ago raking in $35,719,902.
Taylor Swift, $39,699,575.60 Kenny Chesney, $32,956,240.70 Justin Timberlake, $31,463,297.03 Bon Jovi, $29,436,801.04 The Rolling Stones, $26,225,121.71 Beyonce, $24,429,176.86 Maroon 5, $22,284,754.07 Luke Bryan, $22,142,235.98 Pink, $20,072,072.32 Fleetwood Mac, $19,123,101.98 11 Justin Bieber 13 One Direction 20 Rihanna