Taylor Swift and One Direction top list of highest-paid celebrities

Taylor Swift

Something for the weekend: Singer Taylor Swift may not be among those worrying about the size of her pension pot this week as she ranks first place in Forbes’ Celebrity 100: the world’s highest-paid celebrities of 2016 list.

The American singer earned $170 million (£127,264,721) between June 2015 and June 2016.

Close on her heels is UK boy band One Direction, who managed to pull in $110 million (£823,477,61). Crime author James Patterson is in third place, with earnings reaching $95 million (£71,118,520).

The 100 celebrities on the list collectively earned $5.1 billion (£3,827,966,721) pre-tax during the year-long scoring period.

The top 10 highest-paid celebrities between June 2015 and June 2016 are:

  1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
  2. One Direction ($110 million)
  3. James Patterson ($95 million)
  4. Dr Phil McGraw ($88 million)
  5. Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million)
  6. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)
  7. Howard Stern ($85 million)
  8. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)
  9. Adele ($80.5 million)
  10. Rush Limbaugh ($79 million)

The Employee Benefits team thinks a career change may be on the cards; we’d best begin working on our singing skills…