Forbes magazine released its annual list of the Top 100 Highest-Paid Celebrities on Monday, July 11—and a handful of country stars made the cut.
#15: Garth Brooks, $70 million
#26: Kenny Chesney, $56 million
#37: Luke Bryan, $53 million
#47: Toby Keith, $47.5 million
#75: Jason Aldean, $36.5 million
With that kind of earning power, it’s imaginable that Garth, Kenny, Luke, Toby and Jason could construct their own money pit and swim in it à la Scrooge McDuck.
But none of them came close to Forbes‘ top earner, country-turned-pop star Taylor Swift, who grossed an estimated $170 million from her massive 1989 World Tour and endorsements from Diet Coke, Keds and Apple.
Garth, the top earner in the country genre, netted the majority of his $70 million from his ongoing World Tour, while Kenny collected his millions from his stadium tours, endorsements from Corona and Costa and his own Blue Chair Rum.
Luke raked in his millions from his Kill the Lights Tour and endorsement deals with Miller Lite and Cabela’s. Toby’s earning power came from his diverse portfolio of restaurant chains, Ford endorsements and touring, while Jason gleaned most of his millions from touring.
In addition, 36 of the Top 100 earners were musicians—so the next time your parents tell you that there is no future in your garage band, show them this list.
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