American business giant Forbes has published its annual list of the 30 top-earning celebrities under the age of 30 for 2016 and it features the usual suspects along with a slew of new entries.
Unsurprisingly, pop queen Taylor Swift comes out on top of the pile, having banked a staggering $170 million during the past year. Swift's 1989 tour grossed $200 million in North America, demolishing the previous record held by the Rolling Stones and placing her comfortably ahead of One Direction ($110 million) and soccer GOAT Lionel Messi ($81.5 million) in second and third places, respectively. Elsewhere in the top 10, Rhianna placed at number five ($75 million), Justin Bieber at sixth ($56 million), and The Weeknd at ninth ($55 million).
Drake, who turned 30 last month, again made the list, this time at number 17 ($38 million), meaning he ranked 10 places higher than the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, who uncharacteristically finished in 27th place ($32.5 million). Athletes were well represented, with 10 featuring overall thanks to the age factor.
Sadly, the list once again asserts the very real issue of a gender gap. Nearly 90 percent of the celebrities featured under 30 were men; a damning figure, yet still slightly higher than the all-ages Celeb 100's at 85 percent.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 List Top 10:
1. Taylor Swift ($170 million)
2. One Direction ($110 million)
3. Lionel Messi ($81.5 million)
4. Adele ($80.5 million)
5. Rihanna ($75 million)
6. Justin Bieber ($56 million)
7. Novak Djokovic ($56 million)
8. Kevin Durant ($56 million)
9. The Weeknd ($55 million)
10. Jordan Spieth ($53 million)