Taylor Swift is highest paid celebrity with $185m earned last year

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The bulk of Swift's 2018/19 earnings is likely to derive from her Reputation stadium tour, which Forbes adjudged to be the highest-grossing tour in USA history.

Following closely behind is Kylie Jenner, who earned an estimated $170 million in the past year and sits at the No. 2 spot.

Swift's bitter enemy Kanye West made the Top 10 earners, and so did her friend Ed Sheeran.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and make-up mogul Jenner was hot on her heels with £136 million.

At 77 years old, Paul McCartney is the oldest person on the list as the 62th highest-paid celebrity earning $48 million in the past year.

Female celebrities to make the list also include comedian Ellen DeGeneres, socialite Kim Kardashian West and singers Rihanna, Katy Perry and Pink.

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Swift last topped Forbes' Celebrity 100 in 2016, when her pre-tax earnings were calculated to be $170m (£136m).

According to the publication, the rankings of these "front of the camera" stars were based on their estimated pretax earnings from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019-before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents. The majority of the rapper's income came from the Yeezy sneakers he launched in partnership with Adidas. Much of "Kanye's Second Coming" is down to the artist's YEEZY brand, whose sales are estimated to hit $1.5 billion this year.

Singer-songwriter Sheeran was fifth with £88 million. He earned $110 million.

Earlier this year Forbes declared Jenner to be the world's youngest billionaire.

At No. 4 was an athlete: Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi made $127 million. Dwayne Johnson is the primary actor to come back up on the listing, at No. 15.

Forbes also mentions that while two powerful women - Swift and Jenner - are the highest paid celebrities, only 16 women made the list overall, and pay inequality is rampant everywhere.

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