Toby Keith tops Forbes’ annual list of country music’s highest paid artists for the second year in a row, pulling in an estimated $65 million.
The Oklahoma native earns the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ 2014 Country Cash Kings tally thanks to his I Love This Bar And Grill restaurant chain, a lucrative endorsement deal with Ford, his own Wild Shot tequila brand, and revenue from his Show Dog label.
“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,” Keith tells Forbes. “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.”
Keith has tallied $335 million over the past six, according to Forbes.
Coming in second on the list is 24-year-old Taylor Swift, who earned $64 million from touring and endorsement deals with Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl.
Kenny Chesney ranks third with $44 million, and rounding out the top five on the Country Cash Kings list are Jason Aldean ($37 million) and Luke Bryan ($34 million).
This article was culled from Billboard