Oprah Winfrey still topped this year's Forbes celebrity-earners list, netting $165 million in the fiscal year ending in May. Trailing behind Oprah by $5 million is Michael Bay, director of ‘Transformers’ at $160 million, then is another director Steven Spielberg at $130 million, next is TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer at $115 million and at $110 million is music producer Dr. Dre.
The Top 20 includes Tyler Perry ($105 million), Howard Stern ($95 million), prolific author James Patterson ($94 million), George Lucas ($90 million, from "Star Wars," not "Red Tails"), Simon Cowell ($90 million), Glenn Beck ($80 million), Elton John ($80 million), Tom Cruise ($75 million), Penn alum and "Law & Order" guru Dick Wolf ($70 million), Rush Limbaugh ($69 million), boxer Manny Pacquiao ($67 million), Dr. Phil McGraw ($64 million), Donald Trump
($63 million), Ryan Seacrest ($59 million), Britney Spears ($58 million) and Tiger Woods ($58 million).
A year after retiring as the Queen of Daytime, Oprah Winfrey has continued her reign at the top of the annual Forbes list of highest-earning celebrities. The 58-year-old Winfrey topped the list for the fourth straight year, despite a $125 million drop in her earnings due to the end of her long-running talk show in May of last year.