Madonna earned much of that from her landmark Confessions tour, the highest-grossing tour for a female artist, earning $260 million worldwide. During that time-frame, Madonna also enjoyed income from record sales, her deal with hipster retailer of choice H&M and payment from NBC for rights to broadcast her concert performance at London's Wembley Arena.
The Material Mom isn't slowing down one bit as she swings toward her 50th birthday this August. In October, the famously shrewd musician ditched Warner Music Group, her record label of 20 years, for an unprecedented 10-year deal with concert promoter Live Nation worth an estimated $120 million.
1 - Madonna - $72m (£36m)
2 - Barbra Streisand - $60m (£30m)
3 - Celine Dion - $45 (£22.6m)
4 - Shakira - $38m (£19.2m)
5 - Beyonce - £27m (£13.5m)
6 - Gwen Stefani - $26m (£13m)
7 - Christina Aguilera - $20m (£10m)
8 - Faith Hill - $19m (£9.5m)
9 - Dixie Chicks - $18m (£9m)
10 - Mariah Carey - $13m (£6.5m)
From Forbes.com - thanks to Chris