Surprise, surprise: Taylor Swift tops Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities with $170 million in earnings

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Using only the powers of friendship, womanhood, and good old-fashioned capitalism, Taylor Swift has toppedForbes' list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with a whopping $170 million in earnings over the past year. According to Forbes, Swift's profits come primarily from her 1989 World Tour, which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars, in addition to her ads for brands like Diet Coke, Keds, and Apple. Swift more than doubled her earnings from last year, when she made $80 million. Of course, what really matters to Swift are her friends.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Taylor Swift attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28: Taylor Swift performs during her '1989' World Tour at ANZ Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
Taylor Swift at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Taylor Swift attends the 40th Annual CMA Awards at the Gaylord Entertainment Center November 6, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 16: Singer Taylor Swift accepts the award for 'Breakthrough Video of the Year' for the song 'Tim McGraw' onstage at the 2007 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University April 16, 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
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