Forbes Lists Wealthiest Female Musicians Of 2017

Published: Wednesday 17th May 2017 by Sam

Who run the world? Girls!

As the charts and tour tallies highlight, females remain a formidable force in the music industry.

Forbes highlights the lofty levels noted names have ascended to with their newly released list of Wealthiest Female Musicians Of 2017.

Head below to find out where your fave ranks…

1. Madonna ($580 million)

Her Rebel Heart tour, which ended in March 2016, grossed $170 million. She also cashes in on clothing and perfume. A savvy spender, Madonna has scooped up New York real estate and fine art–reportedly including works by Picasso and Man Ray–as well as a stake in Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service.

2. Celine Dion ($400 million)

Last February, Dion resumed a Las Vegas residency that had been on hiatus for a month after her husband’s death. She’s back to playing 70-odd times a year at Caesar’s Palace, where she made $27 million in 2016; a Canada native, she’s earned most of her money in Sin City, hence her inclusion here.

3. Barbra Streisand ($390 million)

Her $46 million gross for 14 shows last year added to a career tour tally in the hundreds of millions. Streisand has also been shrewd with that haul, particularly with her real estate investments: sources believe her Malibu compound, reportedly purchased for under $20 million, could be worth close to $100 million.

4. Beyoncé ($350 million)

Last year’s Lemonade was her sixth solo No. 1 album—and spawned the Formation World Tour, which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Expecting twins with her husband, Jay Z, Beyoncé is taking a break from the stage, but has still taken time to voice support for causes like Black Lives Matter.

5. Taylor Swift ($280 million)

The success of her 1989 tour, which smashed North American touring records en route to a quarter-billion-dollar gross in 2015, established Swift as one of the world’s top entertainers. Even when she has a quiet year, as she did in 2016, she continues to earn from music, endorsements and merchandise.

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Kudos to all the ladies mentioned.

We’re quite surprised at the omission of a certain Ms. Fenty, though. Things that make you go hmm.

Your thoughts?

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  1. __ May 17, 2017

    Madonna always slaying!!

    • Tonio May 17, 2017

      I’m so confused as to how Beyoncé lost $100 mil. She was once at $450 mil.

      • Tonio May 17, 2017

        And I thought they said Madonna was a billionaire now?

      • Pat May 17, 2017

        Because these list are fake. Should have known that when u didnt see Mariah, Jlo, and Brittneys name above Bey and Taylors lol!

      • JOHNVIDAL May 18, 2017

        Isn´t this list about what the artists GENERATED in A YEAR??? That´s the conclusion I came to after reading this post. It is only a year, and secondly it´s the the money they generated, not the money they earned for themselves. They talk about what their tours did and all that. And obviously all the money from a tour doesn´t go to the artist. I think you guys are confused. Please someone correct me if I´m wrong.

      • Tonio May 18, 2017

        No Johnvidal I thought the same at first but this is their actual net worth.

      • Enough Already May 18, 2017

        this is how much they made FY17

      • SMH May 18, 2017

        beyonce was never worth $450 million. That was a beyonce fan pipe dream.

    • MCTB May 18, 2017

      these lists are not very accurate. Madonna was over 500 million 11 years ago and she’s made 100s of millions more since then. Forbes lists are not to be taken seriously

    • Mya May 21, 2017


      Mariah, Britney or Jlo don’t make Beyoncé money and that’s why they’re no the list she’s worth more lmbo

  2. Brighton spikes May 17, 2017

    You can’t enter the golden square when your name is Fenty

    • Rosy May 18, 2017

      If you haters watch and read you would know that you have to have 260 hundred million to make it on the list I always knew Beyoncé was never 450 million but 350 sounds about right with her networth she ain’t leaving jay anytime soon Beyoncé was never the big thing people make her out to be she rich but nowhere near Mariah and madonna celebrity networth is not a good indication for these celebrities wealth

      • Mya May 21, 2017

        Mariah is not on the list meaning Beyoncé is worth more than her dumb dumb

  3. Starxavi May 17, 2017

    This is obviously a career long networth….not just what they made in one year. Hence, why Ms. Fenty is not included. But she is making moves to be on this list one year very soon.

    • Meme May 17, 2017

      Exactly like did the people writing for this blog even graduate high school. Clearly you can’t compare Rihanna to women who has been in show biz longer than she’s been alive. Lol.

      • Bam May 17, 2017

        That and even still what she brought in last year was still more than what most will see in their life time. People who don’t have always trying to shade. I had to tell a girl at work today ‘b**** don’t quote what you’re fave has, what do you have’?…

  4. Meme May 17, 2017

    First of all ms Fenty is literally half the age of all these ladies. What was their network at 28? I’ll wait. Rihanna is ahead of all these ladies if you take in account career span and age. You can’t compare her with people whose been around for more years than she’s been alive.

    • Omar May 17, 2017

      Girl stop ! First of all Rihanna is not 28, she is 29 and Taylor Swift is younger than rihanna is. Rihanna is simply not as succesful as these ladies on the list. End of discussion !

      • Alex May 17, 2017

        @omar you gone get the Salvation Army upset!! Lmao!!!!!

  5. Meme May 17, 2017

    What really makes you say hmmm is how dumb the writers on this blog is.

    • Cupid May 18, 2017

      Chillblol anyone who is smart knows these list are a joke! Who really gives their information away for Forbes o flaunt it? Rihanna is turning “Fenty” into a brand!!! She’s coming!

  6. DanYiel Iman May 17, 2017

    Nobody is checking for Ri-Whine-A’s flat Alto tones, her sound is dreadful to hear…✌🏽😂

  7. NT May 17, 2017

    Where’s Mariah?

    • Omar May 17, 2017

      Where Britney Spears on the list ?

      • NT May 18, 2017

        My question wasn’t even a shady question Mariah is worth more then Celine and slightly less than Madonna ….

  8. G7Pat May 17, 2017

    No mariah? Odd

  9. Pat May 17, 2017

    I see they’re still publishing these fake list, lmao!!!

  10. whenindoubtthetruthwillout May 17, 2017

    So Beyoncé came in at number 4 but they use a photo of her as the main headline picture.

    Biased much???

  11. Danyboo May 17, 2017

    If anything beyonce net worth has been 350M for years now. Janet Jackson is nowhere to be found neither is Mariah so i just looking like bih please forbes come take this fake news somewhere

    • MovieAmi May 17, 2017

      Eh? Perhaps Janet and Mariah aren’t as wealthy as the names cited on this list. If you have proof that disputes what’s reported here, then present it. Otherwise you look weak as hell calling something “fake news” simply because you don’t like it.

      • SMH May 18, 2017

        Wrong. Janet & Mariah are not the only multi millionaire women missing from this FAKE list, there are several, all with net worths at least $500+. Try doing research instead of responding to a comment just because you don’t like it.

  12. Fatusankoh May 17, 2017

    You go queen Bey very happy for you you work so hard may god continue bless protect you and your family for life more success good luck with the twines

  13. Jamon May 17, 2017

    This is so fake. Mariah Carey has always been one of the richest female musicians. She’s in the top 3. Madonna has been #1 for awhile, but Mariah net worth is more then Taylor and Beyonce. Also Madonna’s face should be in the headline. Bias wss site.

  14. TréDAY May 17, 2017

    Jennifer Lopez def would b on this list… so im calling b*******

    • Eric May 17, 2017

      Lmao, same thing i said. Isnt she worth around $400mil. Her and Mariah!

  15. Shaquiiii May 18, 2017

    Mmmmmm where’s Mimi??? She’s worth over 500 Mil!

    • JOHNVIDAL May 18, 2017

      This is not about what they are worth if I´m not mistaken.

      • JustCoastWitHa May 18, 2017

        yea, Its about what the girls generated within the last year I believe

    • Justafan May 18, 2017

      Hopefully Stella didnt take all Mariah’s $$$

  16. JOHNVIDAL May 18, 2017

    Not that we should care or support any of these people when it comes to what they earn. Good for them. I´m here for the talent and music, not money.
    That said… dead at that EPIC top 3 LOL

  17. JustCoastWitHa May 18, 2017

    The girls got Coint!!

    • Linear May 18, 2017


  18. Ocean8 May 18, 2017

    the website only shows 5 Females!

    Its hardly a list!

  19. SMH May 18, 2017

    soon as i saw the pic i knew this would be another FAKE NEWS post. no jlo, janet, mariah, britney, shania, dolly, etc? forbes can sit.

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