Annual incomes of highest-paid film, TV, music and sports celebrities in 2016 (in million U.S. dollars)

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Income in million U.S. dollars
Taylor Swift170
One Direction110
James Patterson95
Dr. Phil McGraw88
Cristiano Ronaldo88
Kevin Hart87.5
Howard Stern85
Lionel Messi81.5
Adele80.5
Rush Limbaugh79
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This statistic displays a ranking of highest-paid celebrities between June 2015 and June 2016. In that period, Taylor Swift was the highest earner, with an annual income of 170 million U.S. dollars.


Highest paid celebrities – additional information

Taylor Swift’s annual income of 170 million U.S. dollars in 2016 shows the singer’s rapid rise to fame since she released her debut album, ‘Taylor Swift’ in 2006. The album generated first week sales of 40,000 units, in comparison to her latest album, ‘1989’, which sold almost 1.3 million copies in its first week after its release in October 2014. During 2014, Taylor Swift also generated a further 3.5 million U.S. dollars in revenue through her publishing activities.

James Patterson is the highest earning author on the list as his annual income was 95 million U.S. dollars in 2016. This is an increase of 6 million U.S. dollars on his earnings in the previous year. His earnings in 2016 made him the wealthiest author in the world, surpassing the 19.5 million U.S. dollars earned by Jeff Kinney in the same period.

The highest sportsman on the list is soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s all-time top goal scorer, who earned 88 million U.S. dollars in 2016, 6.5 million U.S. dollars more than his closest rival, Lionel Messi. Ronaldo captained Portugal to their first European Championship title in 2016, beating hosts France 1-0 in extra time in the final.

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