Taylor Swift tops celebrity rich list with $170m earnings

American songstress Taylor Swift this week topped Forbes’ Celebrity Rich List with a phenomenal $170m [£128.2m] earned last year, but rather than celebrate in luxury the singer visited sick children.

On the same day as Swift was announced as one of just 15 women in the top 100 celebrity earners, the singer was spotted spending time with fans at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Australia.

The hospital posted its thanks on Facebook, saying: “Thank you Taylor Swift for dropping by the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital this afternoon to give our patients and families a special surprise they’ll never forget.
“They’ll never ‘shake off’ the memories you made tonight”.

Swift took home $50m [£37.7m] more than second place, boy-band One Direction, and more than twice as much as the next highest placing woman Adele, who made $80.5m [£60.7m] last year.

The musicians were the highest ranking UK talent, followed by veteran rockers The Rolling Stones in 18th and Scottish music producer Clavin Harris, who made $66.5m [£50.2m] and $63m [£47.5m] each.

Only around a third of the list was non-white, with comedian Kevin Hart ranking as the highest earning black celebrity, and the highest earning comedian, at 6th after making $87.5m [£66m] last year.

Ed Sheeran was the lowest placing solo Brit in 82nd with $33.5m [£25.3m], but he was also the youngest UK native on the list at just 25 years old.

Only four UK members of the list were not musicians, with just Gordon Ramsey at 34th with $54m [£40.7m], Lewis Hamilton at 49th with $46m [£34.7m], Rory McIlroy at 60th with $42.5m [£32m], and Gareth Bale at 77th with $36m [£27.1m] making money elsewhere.

TNT Entertainment

Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi

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