If you thought 2013 was a good earnings year for Beyonce after she grossed $53 million, then the $115 million she banked in 2014 making her the highest paid female entertainer will leave you speechless. According to Forbes her bank roll was amassed by playing 95 shows during their scoring period, bringing in an average $2.4 million per city, according to Pollstar. She added endorsement deals from the likes of H&M and Pepsi plus her self-titled surprise album, which hit iTunes in December 2013 and quickly became one of the year’s top sellers—to send her income into nine-figure territory.
Completing the list of the top five earning female entertainers is:
Taylor Swift: $64 million
This is the highest mark of her career. As she completes her crossover from country to pop, Swift continues to pull in cash from live shows, recorded music and endorsements for Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl.
Pink: $52 million
Though she may not have quite the same name recognition as Swift or Beyoncé, she’s quietly adding massive amounts of cash to her coffers. She played more than 85 concerts during our time frame, grossing over $1 million per city.
Rihanna: $48 million
Perhaps the perfect embodiment of the modern pop star, the 26-year-old Barbados native churns out radio hits like “We Found Love” and “Diamonds” and collaborates with the likes of Jay-Z and Eminem. But she also uses social media better than almost anyone, boasting more than 37 million followers on Twitter and 90 million on Facebook.
Katy Perry: $40 million
Despite playing just 20 public gigs during our scoring period. Even with a fairly modest touring schedule, though, the pop star is still one of the top earners in her field. She’s unafraid of the shill, endorsing brands like CoverGirl and Pop Chips along with her own Coty fragrance, Killer Queen. Perry also earns big playing private events.