Beyonce Tops Britney Spears, Lady Gaga on List of Young Celebrity Moguls
The Forbes.com ranking looks at stars with more than one revenue stream and estimates Knowles made $87 million in a one-year period.
NEW YORK – Beyonce Knowles leads the Forbes.com list of top-earning young entertainment moguls in the making with estimated earnings of $87 million, followed by Britney Spears with an estimated $64 million and Lady Gaga’s $62 million.
The news organization looked at top-earning celebrities at or under the age of 35 who have revenue streams from more than one field. It covered pre-tax earnings from all entertainment-related ventures, from fragrances and clothing lines to endorsement deals, between June 2009 and June 2010.
“Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L'Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year,” Forbes.com noted about Beyonce, who is not yet 30, for example. “Though the largest sum comes from her main gig, music, she has also ventured into film, TV specials, fashion, a fragrance and a growing list of lucrative endorsement deals. And she's been vocal about her desire to conquer the only stage she has not yet graced: Broadway.”
Spears and Lady Gaga also have diversified beyond music via a clothing line and top-selling perfumes in the former’s case and product placements in music videos in the case of the latter.
Behind the top-ranked trio, Miley Cyrus took the fourth spot on the Forbes.com list with estimated earnings of $48 million, thanks in part to her role in The Last Song and merchandise sales, followed by Taylor Swift with $45 million who benefited from Sony and CoverGirl endorsement deals, among other things.
Pink ($44 million), The Jonas Brothers (35.5 million), Reese Witherspoon ($32 million) and Gisele Bundchen and Daniel Radcliffe ($25 million each) round out the top 10 compiled by Forbes.com.