Like Robert Downey Jr. with acting, Toby Keith is country music’s highest paid artist for the second year in a row, according to Forbes.
The Oklahoma native earned a whopping $65 million this year thanks to his Show Dog record label, I Love This Bar And Grill restaurant chain, his Wild Shot tequila brand and a lucrative endorsement with Ford.
“I can put them on that 30-city tour. I don’t have to look for a place to play. It’s cost-effective as crap,” the singer tells Forbes of his many ventures. “They’re in Toby’s house. They’re drinking Toby’s liquor. That’s Toby’s act. And then we’re moving to the next town.”
Over the last six years, the 53-year-old is said to have raked in an estimated $335 million.
Not far behind in revenue is Taylor Swift, who earned a reported $64 million from touring and endorsements with Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl. Not only is the 24-year-old the youngest on the list, she’s the only female to crack the top 10!
Rounding out the Country Cash Kings list are:
- Kenny Chesney — $44 million
- Jason Aldean — $37 million
- Luke Bryan — $34 million
- Zac Brown Band — $29 million
- Keith Urban — $28 million
- Rascal Flatts — $27 million
- George Strait — $26 million
- Florida Georgia Line — $24 million