As seen in the group of the first 30 top earners on Forbes list of 100 highest paid celebrities, Taylor Swift and all other female top earners are musicians except Ellen DeGeneres. As seen in the second group of top earners (spots 34 to 69), musicians like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez get company from TV personalities Kim Kardashian and Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) as well as actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Sofía Vergara. As fans are wondering how other female celebrities fared with their income, the third group of top earners is quite revealing.

The last 30 on Forbes list of highest paid celebrities

Spots numbers 30 to 100 go to fewer celebrities in the music industry and more to athletes.

As for more female well-known celebrity top earners, Forbes list is getting sparse.

  • #70   Philip Rivers, $38 M, Athlete
  • #70   Tiesto, $38 M, Musician
  • #72   Zlatan Ibrahimovic, $37.5 M, Athlete
  • #72   Rafael Nadal, $37.5 M, Athlete
  • #72   Neymar, $37.5 M, Athlete
  • #75   Jason Aldean, $36.5 M, Musician
  • #75   Fernando Alonso, $36.5 M, Athlete
  • #77   Gareth Bale, $36 M, Athlete
  • #78   Marcell Dareus, $35 M, Athlete
  • #78   Vin Diesel, $35 M, Actor
  • #80   Peyton Manning, $34 M, Athlete
  • #80   Derrick Rose, $34 M, Athlete
  • #82   Maroon 5, $33.5 M, Musician
  • #82   A.J. Green, $33.5 M, Athlete
  • #82   Kei Nishikori, $33.5 M, Athlete
  • #82   Ed Sheeran, $33.5 M, Musician
  • #86   Robert Downey Jr., $33 M, Actor
  • #86   James Harden, $33 M, Athlete
  • #86   Shah Rukh Khan,  $33 M, Actor
  • #86   Dave Matthews Band, $33 M, Musician
  • #86   Melissa McCarthy, $33 M, Actress
  • #91   Usain Bolt, $32.5 M, Athlete
  • #92   Clayton Kershaw, $32 M,  Athlete
  • #92   Dwyane Wade, $32 M, Athlete
  • #94   Akshay Kumar, $31.5 M, Actor
  • #94   Penn & Teller, $31.5 M, Magicians
  • #94   Brad Pitt, $31.5 M, Actor
  • #97   Carmelo Anthony, $31 M, Athlete
  • #97   Drew Brees, $31 M, Athlete
  • #99   Gisele Bündchen, $30.5 M, Model
  • #99   Britney Spears, $30.5 M, Musician

How does Taylor Swift compare to all other top female earners on Forbes list?

Taylor Swift is not only the youngest and highest paid show business earner according to Forbes top 100 list, but she is also the highest paid female celebrity earner.

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Adele, who comes in at number 9 with $80.5 million, is the only other female artist in the top 10.  Madonna (number 12 with $76.5 million), Ellen DeGeneres and Rihanna (both on spot number 13 with $75 million), earned more than the Rolling Stones (number 18 with $66.5 million). The small percentage of women appearing on Forbes list of 100 highest paid celebrities in the world is raising the issue of gender equality in Hollywood and in the music industry.

 

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