Toby brought home an amazing $65 million over the past 12 months, just beating out Taylor Swift, who had a $64 million year. Kenny Chesney took in $44-million ranking third. Closing out the Top 5 are Jason Aldean with $37 million and Luke Bryan with $34 million.

Forbes bases its figures on record sales, shows, endorsement deals and investments in other businesses.

Forbes List Of Highest Money Makers In Country Music: 

 
1.Toby Keith - $65 million

2.Taylor Swift - $64 million

3.Kenny Chesney - $44 million

4.Jason Aldean - $37 million

5.Luke Bryan - $34 million

6.Zac Brown Band - $29 million

7.Keith Urban - $28 million

8.Rascal Flatts - $27 million

9.George Strait - $26 million

10.Florida Georgia Line - $24 million

11.Tim McGraw - $23.5 million

12.Blake Shelton - $23 million (tie)

13.Brad Paisley - $23 million (tie)

Toby Keith explains why he believes he’s been so his successful:
 
"Since I started in '93, I've not missed a tour, I've not missed an album, not taken time off and that's why we get mentioned in Forbes and that's why you achieve those numbers.And I've always said, there will probably be people who out write me and out sing me and be more successful and more fan friendly and all that, but they'll never out work me. And those numbers right there show why."