Being a major country star, that is. Indeed, it’s a difficult job to get. But those who do best at it do really well! Like 8 figures well! Here’s the story on Country’s biggest cash cows
(Undated) -- Toby Keith remains the biggest country star, at least financially. The singer is once again leading "Forbes" magazine's "Country Cash Kings" list, which the publication launched last year. The rundown ranks country stars based on their income over the past year, and Keith is landing on top with his earnings of 65-million dollars He amassed his wealth in a variety of ways, including his music career, his I Love This Bar And Grill chain, and his other business interests. But Taylor Swift is a close second. She made most of her 64-million dollars through "Red" tour, but she's also bringing in money from her a perfume line, endorsement deals, and other income-generating ventures. Kenny Chesney is in the number three spot with 44-million dollars. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan have both made a leap up from their tenth place tie in 2013. Aldean's 37-million in earnings puts him at number four, while Bryan's income doubled over the past year to 34-million dollars to round out the top five.
Newcomers to the list include Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line, while Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, and George Strait are making repeat appearances -- with higher incomes this time around. Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood have fallen out of the top ten.
"Forbes" Magazine's "Country Cash Kings" -- The Top-Earning Country Music Acts of 2014
1. Toby Keith, 65-million dollars
2. Taylor Swift, 64-million dollars
3. Kenny Chesney, 44-million dollars
4. Jason Aldean, 37-million dollars
5. Luke Bryan, 34-million dollars
6. Zac Brown Band, 29-million dollars
7. Keith Urban, 28-million dollars
8. Rascal Flatts, 27-million dollars
9. George Strait, 26-million dollars
10. Florida Georgia Line, 24-million-dollars