Oprah Winfrey still top-earning woman in Hollywood, but look who's catching up

Lady-Gaga

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Lady Gaga may have passed Oprah Winfrey on Forbes‘ annual list of The 100 Most Powerful Women this year (Gaga fell from No. 7 to No. 11, while Winfrey slid from No. 3 to No. 14), but Winfrey still sits atop the magazine’s list of Hollywood’s Highest-Earning Women. Winfrey made an estimated $290 million between May 2010 and May 2011, which is $200 million more than Gaga banked in second place. As Forbes notes, however, with Winfrey’s show gone and her network yet to deliver on high expectations, that gap may close come next year’s rankings.

Coming in at No. 3 is Bethenny Frankel with $55 million, thanks to her Skinnygirl branding savvy. She beats out Gisele Bundchen, Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, and Judge Judy Sheindlin, who are in a four-way tie at fourth place with $45 million each. Process that. The rest of the Top 10: Katy Perry ($44 million), Beyoncé Knowles ($35 million), and Danielle Steel ($35 million).

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  • MCJ

    Can’t wait for the punitive tax hikes on millionaires to hit these high flying liberals who have been banging the drum for Obama!!! What I don’t understand is why they don’t just get out the checkbooks and send those checks in NOW!!! Why wait for a tax hike? Or worse…fight the IRS like Buffet is doing because they claim he hasn’t paid enough even at a rate LOWER THAN HIS SECRETARY!! And he’s suing to have it reduced! Liberals…..not an honest bone in their bodies.

    • DRG

      Like the tea baggers who revere Ronald Reagan who raised taxes 11 times in 8 years and thought that the super rich should pay a higher tax rate than the working class, yet these same tea baggers demonize anyone else who dares to suggest the same things. Conservatives….not an honest bone in their bodies.

    • A

      The only bones Republicans have are the ones they use to pork their mistresses all they while claiming to be the party of “family values.” Biggest hypocrites ever to walk the face of the Earth.

      • Rob

        You forgot to mention the republicans who have certain male travel companions…while their wives are home helping them write their latest anti-gay rhetoric.

    • stu

      a judge, a model, a comedian & a reality star=45mil!
      Only in the USA!

    • Ron

      Really get a life and a hobby while your at it, and stop blaming your lifes woes on liberals or dems. Your a brainwashed Republican, pure and simple!

  • shawshank

    what? Bethenny Frankel??? I honestly would not know who that is if the women of snl hadn’t spoofed Real Housewives last year. Can someone please explain what this skinnygirl is and how it makes her millions?

    • GS

      I’m pretty sure it’s a low cal drink mix for alcohol but I may be thinking of the wrong thing.

  • Glow in the Dark McGee

    They should be made to share some of that wealth. A lot of people need it mote than they do and they have more than they’ll ever need. Greed.

    • Justin

      Oprah and Gaga are two of the most giving celebrities out there. I don’t think they would be the best example of people being greedy.

    • Tammie

      It’s not greed if you work hard for every penny that you have earned. Oprah is the first to help people from the wealth that she has obtained.

  • KmnSns

    How SAD is this? Gaga or Oprah?!?Really?! Goes to show you: True wealth is not measured in $$$.

  • NonEntity

    The sad thing is Laddy Glue Gun will just spend all the money on cheap looking get-ups and employing more minions to forcibly degrade everyone’s musical taste. Her musical pyramid scheme has many followers, but few beneficiaries.

    • JGibney

      Lady Gaga is involved in and donates to so many charities and good causes. So next time before you judge her so harshly (and probably because you don’t like her music) please get your facts in order.

      • PooperFace

        Oh shut up. Just because Gagme says she donates doesn’t mean she does and donating a thousand dollars twice big deal? It’s very selfish also she has over 90 million she can’t give millions to donate? Also much as she lies it’s hard to believe anything she’s done. Check out the Japan Scam and also a bonus she sued a fan. She’s also very arrogant. Check out her vogue interview, it goes like, “I consider myself to have one of the greatest voice in the industry”. That comment is proof she’s still on cocaine, still sniffing that sh/it very heavily to think her voice is great. Pathetic how she’s believing her own hype.

      • Rob

        Trust me, it’s not just because of her music why she makes me want to barf. Besides the revolutional rhyming of bluffin & muffin, she has an ego the size of her latest hat. She has to steal the spotlight wherever she goes and manages to be in your face whether you asked for it or not. The media (EW your the main culprit) seem to follow her like the pied piper and salivate at any droppings she bestows. I feel her love for the gay community is all a gimmick. Her monster fans have become the true bullies she so publicly wants to fight. Frankly, I’m shocked she hasn’t garnered a backlash sooner.

      • Big deal!

        Wow, calm down pooper, no need to blow a gasket over Lady Gaga if you hate her so much. Don’t worry, I’m sure there are people in your immediate life who talk behind your back and think that half the cr@p you say or do is disingenuous too! Everyone’s a critic and what energy you put out there is the same energy that’s going to come right back and slap you upside the head. So continue to knock all those you envy down and guess what, life will inevitably do the same to you. Wow! Someone please shoot me if I ever get this caught up in a celebrity lifestyle. If I don’t like what a celebrity does then guess what, I change the station, the channel, or turn or click to another page.

    • Ron

      Get a frip and get a clue. Read what you write. Let me guess, a brain washed republican or Britney fanatic?

  • LOL

    America loves crap.

    • crap

      America loves LOL.

      • OLO

        Crap loves America.

      • LOO

        Loves crap America.

      • tracksone

        LOL loves crap.

  • Joe Brown

    WTF?! Judge Judy at $45 MILLION? That’s outlandish! What hell does she do to earn that?!

  • RJM

    I literally threw up in my mouth reading that Bethenny the shedevil is that successful. What kind of society buys her crap…

    • Tunny

      Sorry you feel that way Jill!

    • anna

      Only women who hates themselves and have no self esteem would buy something called “skinny girl”

  • Jerk in the box

    What ellen degenerate has $45M?

  • PooperFace

    And these people barely do sh/it. They don’t deserve millions or per movie or $30,000 per show. I work way harder yet I earn 2,000 a month, such bullsh/it. They get easy money and it’s bullshi/t. They don’t deserve that much. The average worker works way harder yet earns less. Screw Hollywood.

    • Rob

      You work ‘way harder’ commenting at 4:55 AM on an Entertainment website. Your attitude makes me glad you don’t earn any more. By the way, act like a grown-up and you might be able to achieve more in life. Your rant just screams your intelligence level..hence why you make your ‘paltry’ salary.

      • Big deal!

        Thank you, Rob!!!!!!!!! Your comment is spot on!!!!!

  • Michael

    Lady Gaga is such a jerk. She has been so overconsumed, it she feels like a big, selfish clown.

  • eatyourheartout

    This list is like from May or something? And we get it now?

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