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Toby Keith Again Tops 'Forbes'' Country Cash Kings List

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Toby Keith remains the biggest country star, at least financially.  The singer is once again leading Forbes magazine's "Country Cash Kings" list, which the publication launched last year. 

The rundown ranks country stars based on their income over the past year, and Keith is landing on top with his earnings of $65 million dollars  He amassed his wealth in a variety of ways, including his music career, his I Love This Bar And Grill chain, and his other business interests. 

Taylor Swift is a close second. She made most of her $64 million dollars through "Red" tour, but she's also bringing in money from her a perfume line, endorsement deals, and other income-generating ventures. 

Kenny Chesney is in the number three spot with $44 million dollars.  Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan have both made a leap up from their tenth place tie in 2013.  Aldean's $37 million in earnings puts him at number four, while Bryan's income doubled over the past year to $34 million dollars to round out the top five. 

Newcomers to the list include Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line, while Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, and George Strait are making repeat appearances - with higher incomes this time around.  Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood have fallen out of the top ten. 

Forbes Magazine's "Country Cash Kings" - The Top-Earning Country Music Acts of 2014 

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 

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