Ed Sheeran named highest-earning solo musician

Ed Sheeran. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Ed Sheeran. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Ed Sheeran has been named the highest-earning solo musician in the world, having taken home more than £80 million over the past year.

According to the newly-published Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the world’s highest-paid celebrities from June 2017 until June 2018, Sheeran is the ninth biggest earner.

He has jumped 62 places from last year, and is ahead of the likes of solo musicians including Taylor Swift and Beyonce in terms of overall earnings.

The 27-year-old, who last year released his number one album Divide and embarked on his world tour, earned 110 million US dollars (£83.1 million) over space of 12 months, according to Forbes.

However, Sheeran is not the highest British act on the list - Coldplay is ranked in seventh place, with estimated earnings of 115 million US dollars (£86.8 million).

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The British rock band, fronted by Chris Martin, has risen one place on the list from last year, with their A Head Full Of Dreams Tour having grossed more than half a billion dollars.

Both Sheeran and Coldplay are far behind this year’s highest-earning celebrity, though - boxer Floyd Mayweather.

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The American sports star and boxing promoter takes the top spot after earning more than 270 million US dollars (£204 million) thanks to his August 2017 fight against Conor McGregor, which generated more than 550 million US dollars (£415.7 million) in revenue overall.

Hollywood star George Clooney is in second place, although his earnings are largely down to the sale of Casamigos, the tequila company he co-founded.

The actor - who did not appear on the top 100 list last year - is said to have taken home 239 million US dollars (£180.6 million), and Forbes has said it is the most he has ever earned annually in his career so far.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians star and make-up brand entrepreneur Kylie Jenner’s 166.5 million US dollars (£125.8 million) over the past year have put her in third place, a significant jump from 59 last year, her first time on the list.

She is 30 places ahead of her older half-sister Kim Kardashian West.

Others in the top 10 of the Celebrity 100 include Hollywood actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Judge Judy star Judy Sheindlin and Irish rockers U2.

The Forbes Celebrity 100, which looks at stars all over the world, ranks “front of the camera” stars using their pre-tax earnings over 12 months until June 1 2018, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers and agents.

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