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Taylor Swift named 2016's richest celebrity under 30

Published 16/11/2016

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

The singer has beaten ex-boyfriend Harry Styles' band One Direction to the 2016 title.

Taylor Swift has topped Forbes' 2016 countdown of the highest-earning celebrities under 30, after raking in a whopping $170 million (£136 million).

The Blank Space hitmaker's latest Forbes title shouldn't come as a surprise to fans as she was already named the highest-paid celebrity of the year (16) in July, and the highest-paid woman in the music business earlier this month (Nov16), thanks to her hugely successful 1989 album and world tour, as well as various endorsement deals.

The new poll places the 26-year-old far ahead of her closet rivals, One Direction - they switch places on the list this year. Taylor's ex-boyfriend Harry Styles and his bandmates banked $110 million (£88.3 million) in the year ending 1 June, 2016.

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi rounds the top three with $81.5 million (£65.5 million).

The top five also features Adele at four with $80.5 million (£64.6 million), and Rihanna, who earned $75 million (£60.2 million).

Justin Bieber comes in at six with $56 million (£44.9 million); and The Weeknd is ninth with $55 million (£44.1 million).

Other notable names on the list are Jennifer Lawrence, Hollywood's highest-paid actress, who takes 12th place with $46 million (£36.9 million), and Drake, who made $38 million (£30.5 million) to land at 17.

Bieber is the youngest member on the countdown - at 22, he narrowly beats One Direction's Styles by a month.

The 30-strong poll, which features a host of athletes, collectively earned an estimated $1.5 billion in the past year, before taxes and fees.

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