Forbes 2013 Richest Celebrity List: Madonna Tops with $125 Million (£80 million)
Madonna is the world’s top-earning celebrity raking in an estimated £80m ($125m) last year, according to the Forbes rich list.
The pop star, 55, beat second-placed Steven Spielberg (£65m, $100m) to top spot, after her MDNA tour grossed more than £190m ($300m).
Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with the film “Lincoln”, earned most of his income from his catalogue of past hits, such as “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park”.
At joint third, with earnings of £60m ($95m), were “50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, radio shock jock Howard Stern and music and television producer Simon Cowell.
“Madonna’s success, at age 55, just goes to show the incredible power of a successful music career,” Forbes reporter Dorothy Pomerantz said.
Forbes compiles its annual list of celebrity earnings using input from agents, managers and producers.
The figures do not reflect tax deductions, agent fees or “the other expenses of being a celebrity”.
Madonna’s top spot compares with her previous peak of £70m ($110m) in 2009.
But it falls short of the £105m ($165m) taken in by Oprah Winfrey in the previous year, Forbes said.
Talk show queen and media mogul Winfrey took a big pay cut this year according to Forbes, falling to 13 on the list with earnings of £50m ($77m).
Lady Gaga ranked 10th in the list, earning £51m ($80m).
Others in the top 10 included TV host Glenn Beck, director Michael Bay of the “Transformers” franchise, and thriller novelist James Patterson.
Patterson is now the best-selling author of all time, Forbes said.
Both Spielberg and Bay also made last year’s top 10, though with significantly larger earnings.
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Material Grill: Madonna, wearing a gold grill over her teeth, pictured at a ‘Hard Candy’ gym launch. The singer is Forbes’ top-earning celebrity having raked in an estimated $125 million last year
Director Steven Spielberg came second place on Forbes’ top-earning celebrity list with $100 million income.
X Factor mogul Simon Cowell came joint third on Forbes’ top-earning celebrity list with $95 million in earnings last year
Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James earned as much as Cowell last year to come joint third on Forbes’ top-earning celebrity list with an income of $95 million
American TV and radio personality Howard Stern drew with Simon Cowell and EL James to take third place in Forbes’ top-earning celebrity list with an income of $95 million last year
Best-selling author James Patterson came sixth in Forbes’ top-earning celebrities list with an income of $91 million last year
American TV host and political commentator Glenn Beck came seventh place with earnings of $90 million last year
Director Michael Bay is Forbes eighth top-earning celebrity with $82 million last year
Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer came ninth on Forbes’ list of top-earning celebrities with an income of $80 million last year
‘Born This Way’ singer Lady Gaga is tenth on Forbes list of top-earning celebrities having amassed $80 million last year
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