Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities list is out. Any musicians here? Yes. Yes, there are.

Forbes has long been interested in the incomes of famous people, including (and perhaps especially) celebrities. Here’s this year’s list of who got paid the most. (All figures in US$.)

  1. Kyle Jenner – $590 million
  2. Kanye West – $170 million
  3. Roger Federer – $106.3 million
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo – $105 million
  5. Lionel Messi – $104 million
  6. Tyler Perry – $97 million
  7. Neymar – $95.5 million
  8. Howard Stern – $90 million
  9. Lebron James – $88.2 million
  10. Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 million

Other musicians in the top 20:

  • Elton John, $81 million (#14)
  • Ariana Grande, $72 million (#17)
  • Jonas Brothers, $68.5 million (#20)
  • Chainsmokers, $68 million (#21)
  • Ed Sheeran, $64 million (#23)
  • Taylor Swift, $63.5 million (#25)

Other facts:

  • Rolling Stones, $59 million (#32)
  • Sean Mendes, $54.5 million (#39)
  • Jay-Z, $53.5 million (#42)
  • Billie Eilish made $53 million, mostly from streaming (#43)
  • BTS, $50 million (#47)
  • Drake, $49 million (#49)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda brought in $45.5 from Hamilton (#62)
  • Paul McCartney brought in only $37 million, largely because his tours were canceled because of the pandemic (#97)

The full list can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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