Despite the huge drop in her annual income, the Queen of Talk remains the highest-paid celebrity in the world today.
Oprah Winfrey was crowned by Forbes magazine as the highest-earning celebrity for 2012 after she earned $165 million this year. The $165 million is a slide from Winfrey’s $290 million earnings last year. Forbes said the Queen of Talk retained her crown due to the huge money she raked in from her syndicated TV shows, such as Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray, and The Dr. Oz Show.
Taking a close second on the prestigious list is Transformers director, Michael Bay, who earned a whopping $160 million this year. Most of the money earned by Bay this year was from the success of his film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and shares from toy sales.
The third spot went to legendary sci-fi film director, Steven Spielberg, who earned $130 million in 2012. Ranking fourth is action director, Jerry Bruckheimer, who earned an impressive $115 million for 2012. Rounding up the top five is Dr. Dre, a rapper and headphone manufacturer, who raked in $110 million this year.