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Empowered woman: Taylor Swift joins Forbes’ Billionaire’s List 2024

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In a groundbreaking moment for the music industry, pop sensation Taylor Swift has officially joined the prestigious ranks of Forbes’ Billionaire’s List for 2024. Swift’s exceptional rise to billionaire status solidifies her position as one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation.

Swift’s path to billionaire status is the result of a remarkable career that spans over a decade, characterized by consistent chart-topping hits, record-breaking tours, and savvy business ventures. Her recent re-recording of her earlier albums, starting with “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version),” has reinvigorated her music catalog and demonstrated her ability to control and profit from her own work.

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The “Miss Americana” star has been placed at No. 2,545 on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List. Forbes reports that the number of billionaires has increased, adding 141 more individuals compared to last year and 26 more than the previous record set in 2021, bringing the total collective net worth to $14.2 trillion. Swift’s entry on the list follows Forbes announcing her billionaire status in October 2023 and estimating her net worth at $1.1 billion.

Forbes notes that Swift has achieved a rare milestone as the first musician to amass her wealth solely through songwriting and performing. Unlike many entertainers who reach billionaire status through side ventures like beauty brands, fashion lines, or alcohol investments, Swift’s fortune primarily stems from her music career. This places her in a distinctive category alongside artists like Bruce Springsteen, who made $1 billion from touring.

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In addition to her successful music career, Swift has expanded her brand into various ventures. Her partnerships with major corporations, lucrative endorsement deals, and investments in startups and real estate have all contributed to her growing net worth. Her “Eras Tour,” which kicked off in 2023, has been a monumental success, selling out stadiums around the world and generating record-breaking revenue.

Over $500 million of Swift’s wealth comes from music royalties and touring. She reportedly earned around $190 million after taxes from the initial part of the Eras tour and another $35 million from the first two weeks of screenings of her concert film, “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.” The film set a record as the highest-grossing concert movie in history. The remaining $500 million of Swift’s earnings stem from the growing value of her music catalog. Her masters (the first six albums Swift released) were famously bought by Scooter Braun in 2019 and later sold to Shamrock Capital for $300 million in 2020.

Photo courtesy: Instagram/@taylorswift

Swift’s philanthropy has also been noteworthy. Over the years, she has donated millions to various causes, including education, and disaster relief. Her financial success allows her to continue making a positive impact on society.

Forbes’ inclusion of Taylor Swift on its Billionaire’s List underscores her extraordinary achievements not only as an artist but also as a savvy businesswoman. Swift’s journey from country music darling to global pop superstar and business mogul serves as an inspiration for aspiring artists and entrepreneurs alike. As she continues to innovate and excel in her career, Taylor Swift’s influence will undoubtedly extend well beyond the world of music.

*Cover Photo/Thumbnail Photo: Instagram/@taylorswift

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