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Top Celebrity Money Earners and Makers
# 1 Dr. Dre $650 Million
Profession: Record Producer, Rapper, and Entrepreneur
This year Dr. Dre hit it big time with the selling of the company Beats to Apple. Apple bought Beats for 3 billion dollars. Dr. Dre owned shares in the company and made a giant pay day! Dr. Dre has signed many successful musicians to his record label and has appeared on various rap albums.
# 2 Beyoncé $115 Million
Profession: Singer and Actress
Beyoncé began her rise to fame as a member of Destiny's Child. She soon moved on to make a solo career for herself and began acting. She is currently on a world tour which earns her more than $2.2 million a show.
# 3 Floyd Mayweather $105 Million
Profession: Professional boxer and endorsements
Floyd Mayweather has won 10 world titles and is a five division world champion. He has made his way to the top by winning matches and endorsing products.
# 4 Steven Spielberg $100 Million
Profession: American Film Director
Steven Spielberg is an Academy Award Winner. He has been involved with many successful movies such as "Jaws", "E.T", "Jurassic Park", and "Saving Private Ryan."
# 5 The Eagles $100 Million
The Eagles have been on a very successful world tour since 2013. They have had five number one hits and have won six Grammy Awards.
# 6 Howard Stern $95 Million
Profession: Radio and television personality
Howard Stern has been labeled the shock jock. He often talks about lewd content on his radio show but his blunt in your face topics have made him famous. He has currently became a judge on the show "America's Got Talent."
# 7 Simon Cowell $95 Million
Profession: Television producer, entrepreneur, and television personality
Simon Cowell has been a judge on many talent competition shows in the USA and in the UK. He also owns his own music production company and produces various talent shows.
# 8 James Patterson $90 Million
James Patterson has written over 200 novels and has made over $700 million dollars in the last decade. Currently, Patterson is writing an average of 14 novels a year with the help of co-authors.
# 9 Glenn Beck $90 Million
Profession: Television and Radio Personality
He is the host of a national syndicated talk show. He is a conservative that often bases his shows on politics. Beck has also authored many books and owns Mercury Records Arts
# 10 Mark Burnett $86 Million
Profession: Director and Producer
Mark Burnett is an executive producer of many television shows such as: "Survivor", "The Amazing Race", "Shark Tank", "The Voice", "The Apprentice" and many others.
# 11 Bon Jovi $82 Million
Bon Jovi was formed in 1983 and since then has sold more than 100 million records. They have had hits with singles such as "Bad Medicine", "Always", "Bed of Roses", "I'll Be There for You", "It's My Life", "Wanted Dead or Alive", etc...
# 12 Oprah $82 Million
Profession: Talk show host, media proprietor, producer, actress
Oprah is best know for her highly successful talk show. However, now Oprah has her own television channel, magazine, and books. Oprah has her hands in a little bit of everything.
# 13 Bruce Springsteen $81 Million
Profession: Singer/Song writer
Bruce Springsteen has sold over 120 million records worldwide. He has 20 Grammy Awards and one Academy Award. He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and the Song Writer Hall of Fame.
# 14 Justin Beiber $80 Million
Profession: singer, song writer, dancer, and actor
Justin Beiber made it big when he was discovered by Usher on youtube. He has currently been on a world tour. Beiber has had hit singles with "Boyfriend", "Baby", "One Less Lonely Girl", and many more.
# 15 Cristiano Ronaldo $80 Million
Profession: Portuguese soccer player/endorsements
Ronaldo became the highest salary earner in soccer when he moved to the team Real Madrid. He is the first soccer player to reach 40 goals in one season.
# 16 Robert Downey Jr. $75 Million
Robert Downey Jr. is an actor who has starred in many successful movies and television shows. His most current blockbuster movies are the "Ironman" movies and the "Avengers" movies.
# 17 One Direction $75 Million
One Direction is an English-Irish boy band that has become very popular over the last few years. One Direction was formed on Simon Cowell's talent show. They have gone on world tours and have had many hit singles.
# 18 Lebron James $72 Million
Profession: Basketball player/endorsements
Lebron James is a free agent who most recently played for the Miami Heat. He has two Olympic gold medals and has won two NBA championships.
# 19 Paul McCartney $71 Million
Former member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney has sold over 100 million albums and has had more than 60 Gold Discs. He has been inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. More than two thousand artist have covered his hit song "Yesterday."
# 20 Ellen DeGeneres $70 Million
Profession: Talk Show Host
Ellen DeGeneres has been the talk show host of her successful show "Ellen" since 2004. She has hosted the Oscars and many other awards shows. She is also known for her dancing and comedic talent.