Toby Keith, Taylor Swift Top Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Country Artists
Other acts on Forbes' Country Cash Kings 2014 tally include Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million.
The Oklahoma native earns the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ 2014 Country Cash Kings tally thanks to his I Love This Bar And Grill restaurant chain, a lucrative endorsement deal with Ford, his own Wild Shot tequila brand, and revenue from his Show Dog label.
“I can put them on that 30-city tour. I don’t have to look for a place to play. It’s cost-effective as crap,” Keith tells Forbes. “They’re in Toby’s house. They’re drinking Toby’s liquor. That’s Toby’s act. And then we’re moving to the next town.”
Keith has tallied $335 million over the past six, according to Forbes.
Coming in second on the list is 24-year-old Taylor Swift, who earned $64 million from touring and endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl.
Kenny Chesney ranks third with $44 million, and rounding out the top five on the Country Cash Kings list are Jason Aldean ($37 million) and Luke Bryan ($34 million).