Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez: Which Best Friend Has the Higher Net Worth?

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift are two of the most famous pop artists in the world. They also happen to be best friends. But which of the besties has the higher net worth?

Let’s take a look at Gomez’s and Swift’s sources of income to determine which of the stars has amassed the most wealth over her long career in the entertainment industry. 

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Taylor Swift’s net worth: $400 million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Taylor Swift is a singer, songwriter, and music producer with an estimated net worth of $400 million. She has sold over  200 million albums as a solo artist, making her one of the most successful and popular entertainers on the planet.

Although Swift is best known for her music, she got her start in the entertainment world by modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Rising Stars” campaign. One of her original songs was included on a compilation CD from Maybelline. After performing her own songs at a showcase for RCA Records, Swift was offered an artist development deal.

Swift dropped her first single, “Tim McGraw,” and her self-titled debut album after signing with Big Machine Records. She reached number one on the US Country Music chart and number five on the US Billboard 200. Fearless, her second album, peaked at number one on both charts. Swift has recorded nine studio albums to date, and she has earned 23 American Music Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, and 23 Billboard Music Awards. 

Endorsement deals and brand partnerships make up a significant portion of Swift’s income. She has worked with Target, Keds, CoverGirl, AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and more. 

Swift produced six albums under Big Machine Records in the years between 2006-2017. When her contract with Big Machine was up for renewal in 2018, Swift signed a new deal with Republic Records that allows her to own any new master recordings. Swift made the highly-publicized decision to re-record the old albums she made with Big Machine Records so she could own the master recordings of the new versions. 

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Selena Gomez’s net worth: $75 million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Selena Gomez is an actor, singer, and songwriter with a total net worth of $75 million. She is one of the most popular celebrities on social media, with 36.9 million TikTok followers and 272 million Instagram followers. 

Gomez started her acting career at an early age by joining the children’s television show Barney and Friends in 2002. She appeared in various TV shows and films before landing her breakout role in 2007 as the star of the Disney Channel series Wizards of Waverly Place. She was reportedly paid $300,000 per episode of WOWP. The year after joining the popular Disney show, Gomez launched her own production company called July Moon Productions. She executive produced the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, which started airing in 2017. She is an executive producer of her 2021 Hulu show “Only Murders in the Building.”

Besides her acting career, Gomez is also a highly successful musician. She signed to Hollywood Records at age 16. Gomez has released several albums as a solo artist and as the lead singer of the band Selena Gomez and the Scene, and she has toured both as a solo musician and with the band. 

Gomez’s partnerships with various brands have generated a significant amount of income. In 2016, she made a $10 million deal with the handbag brand Coach. The following year, she signed a $30 million endorsement deal with Puma. 

The “Same Old Love” singer was the most-followed person on Instagram for about three years. She makes between $500,000 and $800,000 per sponsored Instagram post. 

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift hug each other and smile.
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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez’s friendship 

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift have been friends for years. There have never been rumors of a falling out between the two stars, and they have remained consistently loyal to each other. 

Swift even featured Gomez in her music video for the song “Bad Blood.” Although Gomez plays Swift’s nemesis in the video, the depiction couldn’t be further from the women’s real relationship. 

In a 2009 interview with Seventeen, Gomez gushed about her bestie. “Every single problem I ever have is healable by Taylor Swift!” Gomez said. “If I ever I have an issue, Taylor has gone through it because she’s older than me, and she gives the most thought-out answers. 

“And what I love about Taylor is that she does believe in the whole love story and Prince Charming and soul mates. Because of her, I haven’t lost faith. We literally talk every day.”

In 2018, nearly a decade later, Gomez continued to sing Swift’s praises. “The reason why she’s one of my best friends is because this person has never, ever judged me for a decision I’ve made,” Gomez said of Swift (via InStyle). “She’s always met me where I’ve been. She encouraged me when I had nothing to be encouraged about.”

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