Taylor Swift and her boyfriend Calvin Harris were named as the highest earning celebrity couple of the last year in Forbes magazine's annual bounty of rich lists and, after knocking Beyoncé and Jay Z off the top spot (Beyonce's net worth is still insane), we thought that the 25-year-old Bad Blood singer would find herself pretty near the top spot of the Celeb 100 list — Forbes' breakdown of the highest grossing individual stars from the last financial year.
And while there's no doubt that she's up there doing her thing and giving the guys a serious run for their money, she actually ISN'T the highest earning female celebrity in the world right now. Yep, that shocked us too...
Which got us thinking; who else could it be? Jessica Alba with her BILLION dollar The Honest Company? Nope. Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop empire? No cigar. Kim Kardashian and her book of NSFW selfies? Surprisingly, no.
While all these women made a LOT of £££ in the last year, none of them came close to this songstress...
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That's right, Taylor's rumoured nemesis Katy Perry is officially the highest earning female star in the world, with all her efforts in the last year scooping her a whopping $135 MILLION pay cheque. That's an eye-watering £85.8 mil in good ol' GBP. Mental huh?
How did she even make that, you ask? Her tour mainly, and the sponsorship deals she incurred from her prolific performance at last year's Superbowl half time ceremony. No wonder Taylor's hankering for that gig this year...
Katy's earnings won her third place in the list of the top 100 rich celebs in the world right now, ranking after world-renowned boxers Floyd Mayweather, who came in first with $300 million, and Manny Pacquiao in second place with $185 million. Maybe we should think about changing career? Although, it probably wouldn't make a difference anyway...
Out of the 100 people on the list, people are outraged that only 16 of them are women. SIXTEEN.
While Taylor scooped eighth place with a cool $80 million, the combined women on the list make $809m, compared with $4.35bn for the men. This reflects the gender pay gap among both celebrities and the wider society, according to Forbes itself. And regardless of whether they're fighting or not, we're sure both Katy and Taylor would be very pissed off about it.
Overall, female musicians did well on the list, claiming seven of the 16 coveted spots. TV stars like Ellen DeGeneres, Sofia Vergara and The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting were amongst the highest paid too but, somewhat surprisingly, only two female actors made enough dough to be shortlisted, and that was Jennifer Lawrence — who has had her own pay gap struggles recently, and Avengers star Scarlett Johansson. Pretty bleak, huh?
While many of the women shortlisted declined to comment on their position with the list, as part of her cover interview Katy Perry said: “I’m not here to brag, I’m here to inspire other females.”
Lets hope the grim results will help inspire the powers that be to actually do something about obliterating the gender pay gap once and for all.
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