There's no topping Oprah Winfrey. The TV titan has beaten
directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to be named the world's highest paid
celebrity after banking a whopping $165 million (Dhs606 million) in the past
year. The only other
woman in the top 20 was Britney Spears, who placed 20th, with $58 million (Dhs213 million). Who would've thought?
Oprah, 58, led the new Forbes poll, just days after being
listed as the 11th most powerful woman in the world in another survey from the
Oprah's annual earnings from the year from May, 2011 to
May, 2012 edged out filmmaker Bay, who scored second place with $160 million (Dhs587
million) thanks to the success of the latest Transformers movie, Dark of the
Moon, which grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide.
Spielberg was a distant third with $130 million (Dhs477 million),
while Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer $115 million (Dhs422 million) and
rap mogul Dr. Dre $110 million (Dhs404 million) rounded out the top five.
Other big earners to make the Forbes countdown included director Tyler Perry and reality TV guru Simon Cowell.