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Beyonce Forbes Rich List 2017

Beyonce attends TIDAL X: 1015 on October 15, 2016 in New York City. Getty

No fewer than nine Vogue cover stars have made the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which charts the world’s highest-paid entertainers of the year. Adele, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Amy Schumer (whose earnings in the last year span from $33 million to $69 million) all met the requirements to make the list. It is Beyoncé, however, who came above them all in second place (after number one, Sean “Diddy” Combs, who made $130 million), with estimated earnings of $105 million.

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While the list is predominantly made up of sports personalities and musicians, a notable high-scorer was Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who came in third place, earning $95 million.

Combined, the 100 stars pulled in $5.15 billion from June 2016 to June 2017. Forbes bases its figures on numbers “from Nielsen, NPD Bookscan, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick, D’Marie, and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders and sometimes the stars themselves.” The amounts are pre-tax and before fees for agents, managers, and lawyers are deducted.

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While the estimated amounts are rarely disputed, another Vogue cover star, Gisele Bündchen – who appeared on the 2014 Forbes Supermodel Rich List – revealed that she was audited by the IRS because of her name appearing on the list. The Brazilian model told MdeMulher in her native Brazil that amounts appear to be somewhat inflated.

“It’s sad, because the people who write these things don’t have my bank account details,” she laughs. “I do OK, I earn plenty, but not as much as they say. I’ve already been audited by the IRS because of this list and, truthfully, whether I’m on this list or not doesn’t interest me.”

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