Whimsical word witch Taylor Swift is currently shaking her tail feather on a lucrative world tour set to catapult her bank account further into the multimillions, especially since she’s just announced that her Eras tour is going to Latin America. And while Taylor is patiently awaiting the songs of heartbreak she’ll create after her latest relationship turns to shit, Taylor has something else to celebrate as well. Forbes magazine recently released its America’s Richest Self-Made Women issue, and Taylor finds herself nestled in with the usual suspects Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Oprah Winfrey. And Taylor’s placement not only solidifies her reign as the Empress of Emotions. It also places her high above on the list.
Now, I’m sure we all knew when Beyoncé and Taylor announced their world tours last year, they would become even richer than they already are. And the same goes for RiRi, who only performed once this year just to let everyone know she’d be on maternity leave for the remainder of 2023. In all fairness, that’s some boss bitch behavior. And according to Billboard, it’s the kind of thing we should expect from Rih Rih since her ranking is light-years ahead of both Beyoncé and Taylor’s.
Rihanna leads the pack, landing at No. 20 with a “self-made score” of 10. Forbes estimates the “Umbrella” singer’s net worth to be $1.4 billion, which they attribute to her success in music and cosmetics. Fenty Beauty, which she co-owns with French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH, doubled its revenue in 2022, according to the publication. Rihanna also has a 30% stake in her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, which earned a $1 billion valuation in February of last year.
If Rihanna is at number 20, then it stands to reason Queen Bey, with the support of honey-teared Beyhive Stans all across the globe, must be at number 21, right? WRONG! Even with her earworm blasting opus Renaissance and an individual net worth of over $500 million, Beyoncé came in at number 48! That’s even lower than Kylie Jenner (at no. 38), who probably thought the whole “self-made woman” issue would feature her pouty, starving zombie gaze of confusion on every page. So where does this leave Taylor? She’s in a pretty respectable position at number 34, which makes her the Goldilocks of this ranking since her position seems just right.
Swift comes in at No. 34 with a “self-made score” of 8. According to Forbes‘ estimates, the “All Too Well” singer boasts a net worth of $740 million. Her record-breaking music sales and tour ticket demand make up the bulk of that figure. Last year, Swift became the first artist in Billboard history to simultaneously hold the top 10 spots of the Billboard Hot 100. In November 2022, overwhelming demand for her Eras Tour effectively crashed Ticketmaster, prompting members of Congress to debate the company’s concert sales policies.
Unfortunately, even with all of their power and influence combined, only one of these ladies was able to rank ahead of Photoshop Princess Kim Kardashian, who came in at number 21 right after Rihanna. However, NOBODY ranked higher than Oprah, who came in at number 13 because why the hell wouldn’t she? Honorable mention goes to Dolly Parton (n0. 56), Serena Williams (no. 89), and Madonna, who came in at no. 45. And based on Madge’s ongoing quest to keep everything in her life as sexy as possible, she’s probably mad she didn’t come in at number 69 for obvious reasons.