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Top 10 Higest Earning Celebrities

Updated on October 4, 2014

Oprah Winfrey $165 million

This media mogul dropped her earnings from last year but even with the drop, Oprah Winfrey remains the highest earner of 2013.

Her earnings dropped after ratings on the Oprah Winfrey show but Oprah still receives dividends from Sirius, spin off shows like Dr Oz and the Oprah Magazine. She is currently working with cable network OWN which she does not receive a salary for yet but she is the chairman and CEO in a joint venture with Discovery Communications where the media "queen" hopes to turn it around.

Michael Bay - $160 million

Director Michael Bay is the top earning director with major profits from his film Transformers, which brought in $1.1billion at the box office. He also collects profits from the Transformer toys and has a Transformers ride at Universal Studios.

Steven Spielberg $130 million

Steven Spielberg and his Dreamworks company moved into television with Terra Nova and Smash, which has been a huge success. He also directed The Adventures of TinTin and Warhorse which were nominated for Oscars.

Jerry Bruckheimer $115 million

The Pirates of the Caribbean director grossed over $1 billion dollars globally for "On Stranger Tides." It was the highest grossing film in 2011. He has had to cut his budget for the next film, "The Lone Ranger," but no doubt will be a success with that too!

Dr Dre $110 million

The music producer has made his money on headphones this year with co - founder Jimmy Iovine, each earning $100 million a piece from headset company HTC who bought a 51% stake into Dr Dre's Beats headphones.

Tyler Perry $105 million

Tyler Perry is an actor/director/producer and writer who earned is cash by doing many low budget films and has a number of television shows too!

His movie "Madea Goes to Jail" earned $90 million.

Howard Stern $95 million

Radio personality Howard Stern has done well with satelite radio and is a judge on America's got Talent, giving him extra exposure and $15 million per year.

He has a lawsuit with Sirius and is awaiting bonuses from his employer.

James Patterson $94 million

A novelist with fourteen titles including science fiction, thriller and fantasy novels aimed at young readers has made him successful. He is in to process of working with Tyler Perry on an adaptation of previous work.

George Lucas $90 million

George Lucas earns money with his Star Wars Trilogy and makes money from effects for movies such as Battleship and The Avengers. He owns a company called Industrial Light and Magic.

Simon Cowell $90 million

Known for Idols and X factor, Simon Cowell has made a fortune but his X factor did not do as well as Idols. His X factor in the U.K brought in the band One Direction which has made a fortune for Syco Records, Simon Cowells label.


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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you! Yes many directors and they do have talent. It is sad to know that specialist fields pay so little in comparison, especially those who save lives.

    • Thomas Swan profile image

      Thomas Swan 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Lots of directors on the list. It's good to see people with genuine talent and artistic ability making it in. Still, it's a shame that the entertainment industry is so lucrative when doctors, teachers, firefighters and people like that earn almost nothing in comparison. Interesting and voted up!


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