Madonna tops list of America's wealthiest female musicians in 2017, followed by Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand then Beyonce
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.
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.