Oprah, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, on Forbes’ list
Forbes released its list of America’s richest selfmade women, and all your faves are on it.
Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift are among the top entertainers who made it onto the list of America’s top 100 highest-earning women.
Forbes reported that the rebound in the stock market helped bolster the women, who are cumulatively worth $124 billion, up nearly 12% from a year ago.
Oprah Winfrey, 69, is the highest earning woman on the list of celebrities at 13, with a net worth of $2.5 billion. Her self-made score, which Forbes calculated by assessing the women’s background and the adversity each has overcome, is a 10. Forbes classifies this as someone “who not only grew up poor but also overcame significant obstacles.” Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi and survived sexual abuse.
According to Forbes, the OWN network creator received a $2 billion return from reinvesting her profits from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and profits from her films “The Color Purple,” “Beloved” and “Selma” (which her Harpo Productions co-produced).
Rihanna, 35, takes the top spot for a musician. Her entrepreneurial Fenty Beauty is co-owned with Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH). The “bulk of her fortune” comes from the beauty brand, with sales that doubled in 2022, according to Forbes. With her stunning Super Bowl halftime performance, the “Work” singer holds the record for the most-watched halftime show in history. At No. 20 on the list, her net worth is $1.5 billion.
Beyoncé and Taylor Swift also cracked the top 50 on the list.
Beyoncé, 41, who is taking over the summer with her Renaissance Tour, lands at No. 48, with a selfmade score of 8. Forbes attributes Queen Bey’s estimated $540 million net worth to her musical success. Earlier this year, Beyoncé broke the record for the most Grammy wins ever, with 32 statuettes.
Taylor Swift, 33, is at No. 34 with a net worth of $740 million. With her latest album, “Midnights,” Swift became the first artist in history to claim the top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 song list. Ticket sales for her 2023 Eras Tour became so contentious that they drove Congress to question Ticketmaster’s grip on concert sales.