Taylor-made for success - Niall and Swift at the top of rich list
Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30
He is the young pretender to U2's throne - at least when it came to earnings over the past year.
At just 22, Niall Horan was the highest ranked Irish figure in the 'Forbes' Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the top-earning stars in the world in the past year.
The Mullingar native and his One Direction bandmates netted a total of €99.3m over the past year, coming second only to US singer Taylor Swift, who earned an eye-watering €154m.
However, Horan was light years ahead of the next highest Irish entry on the list, U2, who ranked in 30th place with earnings of €49.7m.
As the financial magazine pointed out, One Direction's impressive haul came despite the group taking a break.
"The top-earning boy band of all time may be on hiatus, but the tail end of last year's $200 million-plus (€180.7m) On The Road Again tour kept their earnings higher than any active band - despite the departure of Zayn Malik from the group in March 2015," the magazine said.
'Forbes' pointed out that U2's latest tour, Innocence+Experience, "pales in comparison to the record-breaking 360 Tour", which made €632.4m over two years.
However, it's unlikely the band members will complain.
"Bono and friends still walked away with a hefty sum this year. With 22 Grammys under their belt - more than any other band - the 40-year-old Irish act has still got it," 'Forbes' said.
Bono's good friend Bruce Springsteen may have to buy the drinks the next time the pair visit Dalkey, after he was listed five places above U2, coming in at 25. The American rock legend, who recently completed two highly successful gigs in Croke Park, pulled in €54.7m last year.
Away from music, golfer Rory McIlory also appeared on the list, coming in at number 60.
He earned €38.4m in the period, though the magazine said his earnings on-course had fallen by nearly €8.1m.
"But McIlroy continues to be a bankable marketing star. Nike, his biggest endorsement deal, pays nearly $20m (€18.1m) annually. He also partners with Omega, Bose and Upper Deck.
"McIlroy replaced Tiger Woods as the face of Electronic Arts' golf video game last year," the magazine said.
With earnings of €85.9m, American author James Patterson came in third overall.
US television personality Dr Phil McGraw and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo were tied fourth with earnings of €79.5m. The other top 10 spots were held by American comedian Kevin Hart, singer Adele, footballer Lionel Messi and US radio hosts Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh.