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August 29, 2012

Oprah is so money, but did you forget about Dre?

Forbes announces 20 highest paid celebrities for 2012

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Forget about Dre? He might have given rap music back, at least temporarily, but his line of Beats by Dre headphones earned him enough cash to put him as the top musician on Forbes list of the 20 highest paid celebrities in 2012.

It’s that time of year again. Forbes Magazine released its list of the 20 highest paid celebrities for 2012 Tuesday and while Oprah may no longer have her cash cow syndicated TV show – OWN and  her other business ventures made enough to keep Stedman, Gayle and the dogs in the lap of luxury at least a little while longer.

Her $160 million paycheck is $125 million off her total income generated last year as estimated by the magazine, but was still good enough to give her the top sport for the fourth year in a row thanks in part to her job as somewhat of a benevolent daytime television pimp. With moneymakers like “The Rachael Ray Show,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” and “Dr. Phil” in her production stable – she still gets a heave slice of daytime action.

Michael Bay ($160), Steven Spielberg ($130), Jerry Bruckheimer ($115) and Dr. Dre ($110) round out the top.

Highest Paid Celebrities 2012

Oprah Winfrey — $160 million

Michael Bay — $160 million

Steven Spielberg — $130 million

Jerry Bruckheimer — $115 million

Dr. Dre — $110 million

Tyler Perry — $105 million

Howard Stern — $95 million

James Patterson — $94 million

George Lucas — $90 million

Simon Cowell — $90 million

Glenn Beck — $80 million

Elton John — $80 million

Tom Cruise — $75 million

Dick Wolf — $70 million

Rush Limbaugh — $69 million

Manny Pacquiao — $67 million

Dr. Phil — $64 million

Donald Trump — $63 million

Ryan Seacrest — $59 million

Britney Spears — $58 million

Tiger Woods — $58 million


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