Nothing says “reigning Queen” like releasing your worst-selling album of all-time and making more money than everyone else in the process. It’s just one of many reasons Madonna will forever remain the indisputable Queen of Pop.
Forbes has released their annual list of the world’s highest-earning celebrities—a known guilty pleasure for just about everyone you know—and the top slots are anything but surprising.
The finance magazine reports that Madge’s MDNA album was a total flop last year, selling fewer than 1 million copies worldwide, but she totally banked more than $125 million from it. That means Madonna made $10.5 million per month last year; almost $3 million a week. In the time it takes you to drive home from work, Madonna earns roughly $30,000.
Forbes credits her latest MDNA Tour as the bulk of her financial success in 2013. The 2012 tour grossed $305 million, which filled out that cushy paycheck in the gaps between merchandise sales, clothing and fragrance sales, and product endorsements.
Trailing closely behind Madonna is Steven Spielberg and Simon Cowell, who despite manufacturing global sensation One Direction, only managed to pull in a measly $95 million. He’s not even rich enough to date Nick Gruber!