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Taylor Swift claims title of highest-paid celebrity — one of only a few women among top earners

Taylor Swift performs during her '1989' World Tour on November 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Taylor Swift is the world’s highest-grossing entertainer, according to the Forbes annual Celeb 100 list. The superstar singer earned some $170 million from June 2015 to June 2016, mostly due to her incredibly lucrative 1989 world tour (which grossed 200$ million) and endorsement deals with Keds, Diet Coke and Apple. In doing so, she has more than doubled her $80 million earnings from last year (when she was not touring) and taken over last year’s top spot from Katy Perry, who earned $41 million and landed the 66th spot on this year’s list.

The two pop singers are part of a very exclusive club, however. Only 15 women made the list, for a combined total of $892.5 million, while the 85 men on the list grossed $4.2 billion. More than half of them are musicians (with Adele also making the top 10), even though business-savvy TV personalities as Kim Kardashian West and Ellen DeGeneres also make a strong showing. While 11 male Hollywood actors made more than $30.5 million to end up on the list, Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy were the only two women to make the cut.  As Forbes notes, the gender pay gap persists everywhere in the entertainment industry, leaving many women performers to gather much of their income through licensing, advertising or endorsement deals.

Read the full story at Forbes.

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