Kanye West Makes Surprise Leap in Forbes Highest Paid Entertainer List

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Forbes has released its annual list of the highest-paid entertainers in the world.

Topping the chart is Taylor Swift, who took in $185 million. Kylie Jenner was second with $175 million and third was her fellow Kardashian Klan member Kanye West, at $150 million. According to Forbes, the majority of West’s pay comes from his Yeezy sneakers in partnership with Adidas, which pays him a per-shoe royalty of 15% on wholesale.

West’s position was surprising, given he didn’t even crack the top 100 last year. (It kinda calls their methodology into question.)

Other Hip Hop figures on this year’s list include JAY-Z at 20 with $81 million and his wife Beyonce at 21 with the same amount. Drake is 25 with $75 million followed by Ye’s wife Kim Kardashian at 26 with $72 million. Diddy finished 28 at $70 million.

You can check out the whole list here.

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