Sean Combs Ousts Taylor Swift As Highest-Paid Global Entertainer

The rapper takes the top spot on Forbes annual highest-paid entertainer list. Alicia Powell reports.

Rapper and music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs was named the world’s highest-paid entertainer, ousting pop singer Taylor Swift who fell to 49th place on the Forbes annual list.

Forbes says Combs earned an estimated $130 million (USD) in the 12 months ended June 1, 2017.

Beyonce moved into the second spot with $105 million, courtesy of her best-selling “Lemonade” album and world tour, while British author J.K. Rowling took home $95 million and moved back into the top three thanks largely to her “Harry Potter” spinoff movie franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

Newcomers in 2017 include model Kylie Jenner, the 19-year-old half-sister of reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who earned $41 million.

Forbes compiles the list estimating pre-tax earnings, before deducting fees for managers, based on data from Nielsen, touring trade publication Pollstar, movie database IMDB.com, and interviews with industry experts and celebrities themselves.

The world’s top 100 celebrities earned a cumulative $5.1 billion, which is about the same as last year.

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