9 mind-blowing facts that show just how much more money Taylor Swift makes than other celebrities
- Taylor Swift earned an estimated $185 million (R2.8 billion) in 2019.
- This makes her the world's highest-paid celebrity, according to Forbes.
- It's no surprise considering Swift's record-breaking album sales and tours as well as a new record deal.
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Taylor Swift makes the big bucks.
At 14 years old, Swift was the youngest songwriter to ever sign with Sony. She now has 10 Grammys on her shelf, several tours under her belt, and an endless list of chart-topping songs and albums. The pop singer has earned a record-winning 29 AMAs throughout her 15-year career, making her the artist with the most AMA wins ever.
She consistently ranks as one of the highest-paid celebrities in the world. Swift, who has an estimated net worth of $360 million (R5.6 billion), brought in nearly $185 million (R2.8 billion) in 2019 thanks to a new record deal and the end of a record-breaking tour. That made her the highest-paid celebrity of the year.
Here are nine facts that show just how much more money Swift makes than other celebrities:
1. Taylor Swift was the highest-paid musician in the world as of 2019, raking in $185 million .
She surpassed the next highest-paid musician, Kanye West, by $35 million.
2. She also dominates in earnings outside her music — Swift was the world's highest-paid celebrity in 2019 too.
3. She even earned more than the world's youngest self-made billionaire, Kylie Jenner.
Jenner earned $170 million - $15 million less than Swift - in 2019, according to Forbes.
4. Swift's $150 million earnings are quadruple the 2019 earnings of the last person on Forbes' highest-paid celebrities list — legendary music icon Celine Dion.
In 2019, Dion earned $37.5 million.
5. Even Beyoncé, who has a comparable fan base to Swift, didn't pull in half of Swift's paycheck that year.
Beyoncé earned $81 million in 2019, according to Forbes.
6. Swift's Reputation tour is the highest-grossing tour in US history, grossing over $266 million on more than 2 million ticket sales.
That's more than each of the net worths of five women on Forbes' richest self-made women list, which Swift also has a place on. Those women are Marcia Paige, Suzy Batiz, Reese Witherspoon, Angela Ahrendts, and Serena Williams.
7. Swift is also the first female artist to have six different albums sell over 500,000 copies in a single week.
Swift broke this record in 2019 when her latest album, "Lover," sold 679 000 copies in its first week. It was the largest sales week for any album by any artist since Swift released "Reputation" in 2017.
Assuming a 20% royalty rate minus producers' fees for all sales, Billboard estimated in 2014 that Swift earns $12.99 per album, according to Variety. Based on "Lover" album sales, that translates to $8.8 million earnings, just in the album's first week.
Using that same $12.99 per album earnings estimates, Swift has earned, at minimum, over $38 million just from selling at least 500,000 albums within their launch week six different times. And of course, each album sold copies well beyond the first week of release - in 2018, Billboard reported that Swift's 2017 album "Reputation" had become the only album released within the prior two years to reach the 2 million sold threshold in the United States.
8. Swift currently owns over $81 million worth of real estate — that's more than what other musicians, Drake and Rihanna, each earned in 2019.
Drake and Rihanna earned $75 million and $62 million respectively.
Swift owns seven homes across four different states.
9. Rumor has it Swift has insured her legs for a reported $40 million. That's more than Lady Gaga's 2019 paycheck.
Lady Gaga earned $39.5 million in 2019, per Forbes.
"If something was to happen to her legs, Swift wouldn't be able to give her signature stage performances," a source told Grazia.
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