Taylor Swift is the defining pop star of today. Who else has the clout to stand up to Apple and win? That’s just what Taylor Swift did in 2015 when Apple announced it wouldn’t pay royalties to artists on its newly released streaming service for a 3-month trail. When Swift threatened to pull her music from Apple, the Silicon Valley giant turned over on its original idea and offered payment from the beginning. By the age of 25, her net worth is estimated between $200 and $300 million after she launched her country music career at the age of 14. We’ve become used to seeing her dominate award shows, top the charts, sell out concerts, and dabble in some inevitably doomed romance that will churn out another hit song, making her even more money. It’s a cycle we don’t fully understand, yet she’s everywhere, and she’s been everywhere for the better part of a decade.