Nicki Minaj — the only lady among hip-hop’s top earners, earned $12 million for her American Idol gig—about $6 million less than fellow judge (and listmate) Mariah Carey, but matches Carey’s overall total thanks to heavy touring, steady music sales and endorsements.
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Madonna earning the No. 1 spot, set a new standard for female entertainers with an income of $120 million and Nicki Minaj rounded off the list at No. 10 with $29 million this year.
Not only did Madonna conquer the top spot for females but the icon also took home the No.1 spot on Forbes’ list of richest celebrities overall, beating Steven Spielberg for richest musician as of 2013. Lady Gaga place No. 2 on the “Highest Paid” Women earning $80 million, followed by Taylor Swift with $55 million, Beyoncé with $53 million, Jennifer Lopez at $45 million, Rihanna with $43 million, Katy Perry at $39 million, Pink with $32 million, Carrie Underwood with $31 million and Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj both at $29 million.
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