The Queen of Pop reigns supreme!
Leave it to the original “Material Girl” to rake in the most money; Madonna not only topped this this year’s list as the highest paid musician in the world, but she out-earned the number two spot by a staggering $45 million.
Forbes credits her status to the end of her highly successful MDNA tour, which grossed $305 million total. The sale of merchandise at concerts, paired with her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance, added up to $125 million.
Lady Gaga came in a not-so-close second, earning $80 million. Though the list makers posit that had she not paused her tour due to a hip injury, she could have passed $200 million. Another factor keeping her in second place is that her new album, ARTPOP was released after the scoring period (June 1, 2012 – June 1, 2013) had ended. She can easily slide into the top spot next year with these roadblocks out of her way.