​Highest Paid Celebrity Earned An Estimated $165 Million

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August 28, 2012

Oprah Winfrey is still raking in the money as Forbes named her this year’s highest-paid celebrity for the fourth year in a row. The former talk show queen earned an estimated $165 million despite a $125 million drop in her income.

Although her syndicated talk show ended last year, she still runs Harpo Productions and that’s the company behind Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and The Dr. Oz Show. In addition, the media mogul also oversees the O magazine, a satellite radio station and her struggling cable network OWN.

But next year, Forbes said, it won’t be including any of Winfrey’s syndication money, meaning she could lose her highest spot.

Additionally, she beat director Michael Bay by only $5 million. The filmmaker, estimated to have earned $160 million, came in at No. 2 thanks to the success Transformers: Dark of the Moon and related toys, of which he takes part of the profits. He’s also not expected to make as much money next year, with only the relatively low-budget movie Pain & Gain on the horizon.

Coming in at No. 3 was Steven Spielberg, estimated to have made $130 million thanks to residuals from his classic films, his cut of ticket sales at Universal Studios amusement park, his DreamWorks earnings and his fees for directing.

Jerry Bruckheimer, whose Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides brought in $1 billion at the worldwide box office, came in fourth with $115 million.

Rounding out the top five was celebrity Dr. Dre, who earned $110 million. Last year, HTC paid $300 million for a 51 percent stake in the record producer’s Beats by Dr. Dre headphones company, which he co-founded in 2006 with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine.

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