KNOWING the success of his Madea franchise alone, it’s not too surprising that Tyler Perry tops Forbes’ â€œEntertainment’s Highest-Paid Menâ€ list this year. According to Forbes, Perry pulled in US$130 million in 12 months, beginning in May 2010.
TV shows Meet the Browns and House of Payne are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies. The actor/producer/director/screenwriter will star in the upcoming film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer earned his spot at No 2 with some help from the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, which raked in US$1 billion globally. This pushed Bruckheimer’s yearly haul to $113 million.
Steven Spielberg ranks third with $107 million in earnings this year. The famed director has two films going head-to-head â€“â€“ War Horse and The Adventures of Tin Tin.
Music men Elton John, who took home US$100 million, and American Idol guru Simon Cowell, with $90 million, round out the list’s Top 5.
Author James Patterson comes in at No 6, having made US$84 million this year thanks to his best-selling books.
Talk show host Phil McGraw (aka â€œDr. Philâ€) made US$80 million from his TV empire, featuring shows like The Doctors. This earns him the No 7 spot.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the lone actor on the list, thanks to big budget hits like Inception and Shutter Island. Leo made US$77 million, putting him at No 8.
The ninth highest-paid man in showbiz happens to be Howard Stern, with his lucrative satellite radio deal. Stern pulled in a salary of US$76 million this year.
Despite his scandal, Tiger Woods makes the list. The world’s best-paid athlete comes in at No 10 after earning US$75 million. â€“â€“ CNN.