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Forbes came out with another list of its highest paid celebrities and, this time, they looked at everyone, from directors to musicians to TV personalities. Anyone who has looked at the list for the past three years should not be surprised to see that Oprah Winfrey easily came out on top. The former Oprah Winfrey Show host has now topped the list for four straight years.
Forbes found that from May 2011 to May 2012, Winfrey made $165 million, even though her long-running talk show is now over. Despite the troubles at her OWN cable network, she still brings in revenue from the several talk shows she produces, her magazine and her satellite radio station.
Winfrey just beat out Transformers director Michael Bay. The filmmaker made $160 million, thanks to his third Transformers film, which made $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.
Oscar winner Steven Spielberg came in third with $130 million. The director benefited from two films being in theaters last winter, including War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin. He is also a producer for several TV shows, including Smash and the ill-fated Terra Nova.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer made $115 million, thanks to the worldwide success of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Dr. Dre made it into the Top 5 with $110 million. Dre hit a home run with his headphones line, Beats by Dr. Dre. A 51 percent stake in the company was bought by HTC for $300 million last summer.
The rest of the Top 10 includes writer-director-actor Tyler Perry ($105 million); radio host Howard Stern ($95 million); author James Patterson ($94 million); filmmaker George Lucas ($90 million); and X Factor judge Simon Cowell ($90 million).