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Toby Keith Rakes in the Bucks as Country’s Highest Paid Star

Singer/restaurateur tops Forbes’ annual list, followed by Taylor Swift

Toby Keith performs during the ACM's All-Star Salute to the Troops in Las Vegas.

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How do you like him now? For the second year in a row, Toby Keith has topped Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid country artists. Keith’s bounty this year? A cool $65 million. The hefty sum is derived from profits from Keith’s own record label, Show Dog – Universal, his endorsement deal with longtime tour sponsor Ford, and his culinary endeavors the I Love This Bar and Grill restaurant chain and his Wild Shot line of mescal. According to Forbes, Keith has accumulated $335 million over the past six years.

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Earning $64 million, Taylor Swift is nipping at Keith’s heels. The country crossover star’s bottom line is also bolstered by endorsement deals, including those with Diet Coke and Keds. But it’s her lucrative tours that contribute to the bulk of her payday.

Rounding out the list: Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band. Here’s the rundown of who is pocketing what.

1. Toby Keith – $65 million
2. Taylor Swift – $64 million
3. Kenny Chesney – $44 million
4. Jason Aldean – $37 million
5. Luke Bryan – $34 million
6. Zac Brown Band – $29 million


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