Chesney on Forbes Celebrity 100 List

posted June 29th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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by Josh Martn

Forbes is out with their list of the top 100 Celebrities and Kenny Chesney comes in at number 54 with $50 million in earnings, just ahead of fighter Manny Pacquiao and just below author James Patterson.

Chesney continued his reign atop the country music industry by out-touring everyone else. His 2009 tour grossed $71 million and brought in an average of $1.6 million every night, nearly doubling the box office receipts of his closest competitor, Keith Urban. Prominent sponsorships with companies like Corona and MasterCard keep tour costs down, making the tours even more profitable.

Number 54 is a sizable drop from last year when Chesney came in at number 31 with $65 million in earnings. In May, Forbes released their list of top country earners, which Chesney topped.

Number one on the list this year is Oprah Winfrey, followed by Beyonce, James Cameron, Lady Gaga, and Tiger Woods. Other country acts on the list include Taylor Swift (12), Rascal Flatts (62), Toby Keith (67), and Keith Urban (76).

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