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The Highest Paid Country Star Is … (Hint: It's Not Taylor Swift)
Forget pop music. The big money is in country. PHOTOS: Country Stars Then and Now Forbes Magazine has unveiled their “Country Cash Kings 2014” list, featuring the highest-paid country stars in the industry. And while many may assume Taylor Swift would be in the lead for her massive following in country and pop, she’s actually not number one. That honor goes to 53-year-old artist Toby Keith, who earned a whopping $65 million over the past year. “Keith doesn’t get as much mainstream acclaim as Diddy or Jay Z, but out-earned both this year with the help of a bevy of entrepreneurial ventures including his Show Dog label, a growing list of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants, a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Ford, and his own Wild Shot mescal,” says Forbes. Swift, on the other hand? It was a close call for the 24-year-old, but she came in second with a mere $64 million. Forbes reveals her paycheck is credited to touring, as well as endorsements for Diet Coke, Keds, and CoverGirl. WATCH: How to Do Your Eye Makeup Like Taylor Swift It’s also important to note that Swift is the only woman to make the cut on the list. So who else made the biggest bucks? Check out the other country performers carrying massive cash-filled wallets, as reported by Forbes:
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(Associated Press)

Toby Keith

$65 Million
(Reuters)

Taylor Swift

$64 Million
(Reuters)

Tim McGraw

$23.5 Million
(Reuters)

Blake Shelton

$23 Million
(Reuters)

Brad Paisley

$23 Million.
(Reuters)

Kenny Chesney

$44 Million
(Reuters)

Jason Aldean

$37 Million
(Reuters)

Luke Bryan

$34 Million
(Reuters)

Zac Brown Band

$29 Million
(Reuters)

Keith Urban

$28 Million
(Reuters)

Rascal Flatts

$27 Million
(Reuters)

George Strait

$26 Million
(Reuters)

Florida Georgia Line

$24 Million
(Reuters)

The Highest Paid Country Star Is … (Hint: It's Not Taylor Swift)

Forget pop music. The big money is in country. PHOTOS: Country Stars Then and Now Forbes Magazine has unveiled their “Country Cash Kings 2014” list, featuring the highest-paid country stars in the industry. And while many may assume Taylor Swift would be in the lead for her massive following in country and pop, she’s actually not number one. That honor goes to 53-year-old artist Toby Keith, who earned a whopping $65 million over the past year. “Keith doesn’t get as much mainstream acclaim as Diddy or Jay Z, but out-earned both this year with the help of a bevy of entrepreneurial ventures including his Show Dog label, a growing list of I Love This Bar And Grill restaurants, a multimillion-dollar endorsement deal with Ford, and his own Wild Shot mescal,” says Forbes. Swift, on the other hand? It was a close call for the 24-year-old, but she came in second with a mere $64 million. Forbes reveals her paycheck is credited to touring, as well as endorsements for Diet Coke, Keds, and CoverGirl. WATCH: How to Do Your Eye Makeup Like Taylor Swift It’s also important to note that Swift is the only woman to make the cut on the list. So who else made the biggest bucks? Check out the other country performers carrying massive cash-filled wallets, as reported by Forbes:

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