Forbes Releases 2016 Celebrity 100 List of The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities

TAYLOR Swift is the world's top-earning celebrity.

Taylor Swift has topped this year's Forbes annual celebrity 100 list and has been crowned the highest-earning celebrity in the world. Swift's 1989 album sold more than 5 million units in the U.S. alone and was followed by a massively successful world tour.

Perry dropped to number 63 on this year's list, earning a mere US$41 million.

Tay also beat Adele who ranked ninth with $80.5 million; both of them are the only women on the top 10. Swift also banked lucrative brand endorsement deals with companies such as Apple and Diet Coke, in addition to her own range of merchandise.

FORBES reports that if they had stayed together they would have been the top-earning Celebrity 100 couple.

Jacenko said she told Curtis the news during a six-minute phone call - the maximum time allowed from Parklea Correctional Centre.

The latter pop star has gone back and forth with Swift in earnings and feuding.

James Patterson ($95 million), Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million), Howard Stern ($85 million), Lionel Messi ($81.5 million) and Rush Limbaugh ($79 million) rounded out the rest of the top 10. Adele joins Swifty as the only two females to make the top ten on the list in ninth place. Calvin is ranked 21 on the Forbes list with $63 million. For this year, Swift not only managed to double her 2015 earnings but she was also able to surpass Perry's income.

In fact, Swift overtook the touring record of the Rolling Stones. Forbes says 40 percent of her paycheck this year came from her mobile game "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood".

Magazine editor Zack O'Malley Greenberg said: "The world's 100 highest-paid celebrities pulled in US$5.1 billion pre-tax over the past 12 months, more than the gross domestic products of Belize, Gambia and Bhutan combined". Media moguls such as, Kim Kardashian West, Ellen Degeneres and dozens of other boldfaced names have quickly created a $200 million cottage industry around mobile games.

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