Oprah Winfrey still highest paid celeb
August 28th, 2012
09:39 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey still highest paid celeb

Oprah Winfrey's trials as the CEO of the OWN network have been covered in detail - occasionally by the media titan herself. But for now, at least, Winfrey still reigns as Forbes magazine's highest-paid celebrity for the fourth year in a row.

The publication estimates Winfrey earned $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012, thanks to her brand stretching across media. There's O magazine, a satellite radio station, Harpo productions programming - "The Dr. Oz Show," "Dr. Phil" and "Rachael Ray" - and, of course, the vulnerable OWN.

Forbes also took into account syndication profits from "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which ended in 2011. But this is also the last year the publication will add in any of her syndication dollars, and Forbes hints that may cause Winfrey to stumble on the list in the future.

As it stands, Winfrey's haul dropped by $125 million when compared to last year's earnings, and she squeaked past Hollywood filmmaker Michael Bay for the top spot by $5 million. Bay comes in at No. 2 on the highest-paid celebrity list with an estimated income of $160 million.

Steven Spielberg followed at No. 3 with an estimated $130 million earned between May 2011 and May 2012; Jerry Bruckheimer was at No. 4 with $115 million; and Dr. Dre came in at No. 5 with $110 million, a yearly income boosted from sales of his Beats By Dr. Dre headphones line.

To see the full list, visit Forbes. com.

Filed under: Celebrities • Oprah Winfrey

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  1. Black Ballin'

    I was bangin her one night and she had really bad gas. It turned into a laughter contest after about 10 minutes because Id stuff her full and she's toot time and time again.
    ahh good times – she likes creampies too

    August 30, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. Miss Peace

    Mistress? interesting...i've never been one before--

    August 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. What?

    Why is she famous, because she talks??? What else does she do?

    August 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Its amazing how someone can comment who cares.. Obviously you do if you read the article and commented... For someone to say Oprah is Selfish... greedy and doesn't share her wealth... must clearly don't know anything about this woman.. she is a GIVER... one thing I admire about her is she doesn't giver her money wasteful, she gives to those who had things out of their control taking away from them or people who's opportunity to do for themselves are limited... she because she doesn't give to the LAZY or ALL doesn't mean she doesn't give.... and lets face it, she does need to keep some for herself because she earned it with her hard work!!! She's not the millionaire I'm in questioned about..

      August 30, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Nice – some of that was almost english

      August 30, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. dd

    And why does anyone pay to see a pig? Maybe it is because Oprah was Obama's mistress in Chicago.

    August 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Oprah


    August 29, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ManWorthy

    she didnt go to her OWN network..she owns it. she is an example to women everywhere and has morals.

    August 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      It's typical that several individuals would sit on here and complain about how much she has or how is she is overpaid and doesn't deserve it. Oprah was and is extremely successful and for those who sit on here complaining – why don't you get off your couches, stop living off the system, and get a job...

      August 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ann

    Don't get me wrong, I love Oprah but why is this headline worthy? Did people actually think that because she went to her OWN network, she wasn't going to get viewers and/or that she would start giving away her fortune by the truckload?

    August 29, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. harpo

    ready for anything woman

    August 29, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Fan of Ann Romney

      I can't wait until Mitt Romney is President and Oprah has to invite Ann Romney on her show... we love you ANN...!

      August 29, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. ah...

    I admire Oprah & all her accomplishments. She's a woman who basically came from nothing, and built this giant empire. She became very successful in a man's world. You can love her or hate her, but you have to admire her business sense.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. scrdofmle.

    nvr fk a fmle mool

    August 29, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Great Woman.

    snk awy to fk.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. phnwkoprahations

    This woman has a strength noone could ever have.

    August 29, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. ganan

    She doesn't like white people.......

    August 29, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Just me

    Sam....I did do what Oprah did and with 2 kids. On welfare in the 70's....in the corner office in 2005.

    Both of my children grew up go be successful adults.

    Jealous? No need to be.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. palintwit

    If I was Sarah Palin I'd step out in front of a speeding bus.

    August 29, 2012 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  16. bW

    i pooped and o ate it

    August 29, 2012 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  17. pgs

    love her

    August 29, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  18. rzadshn

    great person.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. bored already

    Oprah is a selfish, money grubbing turd that thinks her opinion counts because she gives away cars to a bunch of lemmings.

    August 29, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
  20. tsh

    look up to this woman

    August 29, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  21. harpo

    excellent example to women in business

    August 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Just me

    I am so sick of Oprah. Her ego is as big as she is. She's forgotten what it's like to be an average person just trying to survive. Too bad she's forgotten her roots. She could help so many.....even if the cameras weren't running.

    August 28, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Jesse Martinez

    I saw OPRAH at Fatburger and she ate 2 bacon cheeseburgers and had 2 shakes!!!!

    August 28, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ¿?


    August 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  25. s~

    Winfry and Obama...

    Who says blacks can't succeed in America?

    August 28, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pablo

    I love this country, that so few people can control such a large percentage of the country's resources, goods and services.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Rhiannon

    Money in and of itself is useless. It is what these people do that causes them to have so much, generosity, education, and oh how many people do they employ?

    August 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. BENT O

    Oprah..we love you.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Badly-Bent

    Does that make Oprah an "Empiress?"

    August 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JT

    Hard times.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Oprah is a wonderful woman...

    she truly is.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. your white


    August 28, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Daschund

    Maybe she can contribute some of her billions to people less needy...yes O...including white people!!

    August 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. PJV

    Oprah, ummmm, she's fat, black, came from a poor home, was molested as a child, and all of this made her one thing:
    The Richest, Most Popular, Most Wonderful, Gifted, Blessed, Beautiful Woman Alive. To have a chance to meet her in person, to me would be a dream come true. God Continue to Bless You Oprah! All you haters might as well get over it.

    August 28, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Blaine Caliazzo

    We hope she continues to stay active.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Michael Caliazzo

    Oprah is a wonderful perosn and star.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |

    thats how it gets close..too many words

    August 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Oprah

    nobody laugh at oprah..oprah is always accepted–by everyone... you never crush people for fun.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  39. i love oprah

    she's an example to women in general..politically i'm not sure..but as a strong woman we should be more like her.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jay

    LOL at all the idiots writing "who cares" but take the time to read the article and respond.

    August 28, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      What a predictable response. Some simply want to let her worshippers know how some of us feel about the annointed goddess.

      August 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  41. liberal disease

    talk about FAT CATS..

    August 28, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  42. peonu

    peddle crap on the airwaves & pretend to be concerned and the american public wil throw money at u...
    no wonder the world laffs at u yanks,

    August 28, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      And we laugh at your antiquated monarchy, funded on the taxpayer dime.

      August 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Tim

    F- Oprah. F- Gibsy "I was bullied" Douglas, and f-Michelle "Baby Mama" Obama. Have a nice day.

    August 28, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Love Rhino

    i'd hit it for half

    August 28, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  45. meh

    wasted money

    August 28, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • prettypiper

      Which would I rather have?.....ummm wasted money, or wasted time.....I'm pretty sure your figure it out

      August 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geminiladi

      Why because YOU will NEVER come close to 1% of what she has made! Jealous HATER!!!!

      August 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Jcraw

    Sick of Oprah – or any other name that starts with "O".

    August 28, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Into the Spotlight

    Reblogged this on Into The Spotlight.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  48. John Smith

    Who cares.

    August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Oprahgirl

    O said that she has a peaceful life, she cooks, Stedman works in his home office, when Oprah has the day off she is there with him doing all kinds of girlfriend things for him. I like her.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  50. Oprahgirl

    O said that has a peaceful life, she cooks, Stedman works in his home office, when Oprah has the day off she is there with him doing all kinds of girlfriend things for him. I like her.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Deluded Much?

      Of course she SAYS that. Its called LYING. Maybe you are 3 years old but the rest of us adults realize by living LIFE and observation that most rich people are miserable. They think those pieces of paper makes them happy but all it does is cause more stress. More to worry about, more to protect. They are not able to determine who actually cares about them or their money, most only care about their money. They are usually in dead end loveless relationships and have odd obsessions and demands. I know. I work in Beverly Hills closely with a number of celebs and they are the most miserable saps on Earth. I prefer a simple life with a happy family appreciating things that MATTER than what they have.
      Don't be so deluded.

      August 28, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  51. ja

    no she ain't married she's with stedman.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  52. Occupy

    Pay your fair share greedy capitalist one percenter

    August 28, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  53. Nate

    Is her and Gayle married yet?

    August 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  54. b-job

    who wants to go home to some nutjob woman or man for the night. please...

    August 28, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  55. upanddown

    if he deserves it.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  56. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    You go, girrrrl.....

    August 28, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  57. upanddown

    i prefer to be told what a man wants..i want to get home, talk to him and breeze through the night. that is what i want.
    tomorrow i head back out into the rude world again. when i get home i want peace.

    August 28, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  58. bob

    Telling women what they want to hear pays good aye ?

    August 28, 2012 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      @bob: And when I come home from work, I whisper sweet praises into my hubby's ear and he does everything i ask him for. So guess what... yeah, it payes in many ways to tell men what they want to hear 😛

      August 28, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • bob

      The point was, opera tells her mainly woman audience what they want to hear ( BullSheet ) not what they need to hear

      August 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Oprah

    good for you O

    August 28, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |

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