Is Britney Spears vital part of economy?

January 25, 2008 6:24:21 AM PST
Ever get the feeling somebody is making a whole lot of money off Britney Spears besides Britney Spears? Portfolio magazine estimates the annual value of Britney Spears to the U.S. economy is $110- to $120-million -- and that's when she isn't even touring.

Portfolio estimates record companies, promoters and licensers make $30- to $40-million because of endorsements, record sales and other business.

It estimates the paparazzi make 4 million dollars from selling photos of the Kentwood native. Celebrity tabloids, web traffic and other media make an estimated $75 millionoff her in a year.

A celebrity tabloid can sell as many as 33 percent more copies if Spears is on the cover.

Her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, pulls in a million dollars a year because of her, and not just the $35,000 a month from spousal and child-support payments. K-Fed reportedly gets $30,000 from nightclubs just to show up.