Oprah tops Forbes’ high-paid celebrity list

2012-08-28 18:55

Los Angeles – Her new television network is struggling, but Oprah Winfrey’s bank account is doing just fine, according to financial website Forbes.com, which named the talk show queen as the highest paid celebrity for the fourth straight year.

Winfrey has failed to find major success with joint venture partner Discovery Communications on the OWN network, but her ownership in syndicated TV shows such as Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, The Dr. Oz Show and other media products enabled her to earn an estimated $165 million (R1.4 billion) between May last year and May this year, Forbes.com said in a story posted yesterday.

Close behind was movie director Michael Bay, whose action-packed adventure flick Transformers: Dark of the Moon released last year, helped him earn $160 million based on participation in ticket and toy sales and other revenue.

Another film director, Steven Spielberg, earned $130 million in the 12-month period covered by Forbes from his participation with TV shows like Smash and the release of the movies The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse.

Jerry Bruckheimer placed fourth with $115 million from TV shows and films including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and behind him at No. 5 was music producer Dr. Dre, who earned $110 million based mostly on the sale of part of his stake in the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone company.

Rounding out the top 10, in order, were:

» Actor and producer Tyler Perry, $105 million

» Radio and TV personality Howard Stern, $95 million

» Author James Patterson, $94 million

» Movie producer George Lucas, $90 million

» Music producer and TV personality, Simon Cowell, $90 million

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