BTS debuted on Forbes’s Celebrity 100!
The list released on July 10 ranks the world’s highest-paid entertainers in 2019 by using their pretax earnings from June 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019, before deducting fees for managers, lawyers, and agents. Forbes states that their figures are based on numbers from Nielsen Music, Pollstar, IMDB, NPD BookScan, and ComScore, in addition to interviews with industry experts and some of the stars themselves. The list is described by Forbes as “the definitive index of who’s making what in the global business of fame.”
BTS takes the No. 43 spot this year, making their debut on the list. Forbes states that BTS earned $57 million pretax income, and much of this income is said to be from their “Love Yourself” world concert tour as well as their extension stadium tour titled “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself.” Forbes also mentions the group’s two films, music sales, and endorsement deals as contributing to their high ranking.
At the top of the list is Taylor Swift, followed by Kylie Jenner, Kanye West, Lionel Messi, and Ed Sheeran in the top five.