The 36-year-old pop star dropped to second place on Forbes’ annual rankings last year, but regained the top spot this time around with estimated earnings of a staggering R1.47 billion – largely thanks to her successful ‘Formation World Tour’.
Trailing behind her in second is Adele with earnings of R968 million, which she raked in due to her first full tour since 2011.
Taylor Swift – who was the highest-paid woman last year – has slipped down the ranks to third position after pulling in R614 million from June 2016 until June 2017. But she’ll no doubt be in the running for the top-spot next year as her new release ‘Reputation’ is already the best-selling album of 2017, meaning her earnings are set to rise.
Some names are missing from the list – including Lady Gaga and Selena Gomez – but they are expected to be back in the running next year after a successful 12 months.
See the top 10 highest female earners below:
Beyoncé – R1.47 billion
Adele – R968 million
Taylor Swift – R614 million
Celine Dion – R577 million
Jennifer Lopez – R521 million
Dolly Parton – R518 million
Rihanna – R502 million
Britney Spears – R465 million
Katy Perry – R446 million
Barbra Streisand – R409 million
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