Is it really a brainer Oprah is still a force in today’s celebrity world? It’s the fourth year in a row that Oprah Winfrey is named world’s highest paid celebrity.
The moment Oprah launched her very own network, a lot of critics said that wouldn’t work out for the best. In the beginning ratings weren’t exactly a sign of success, but it was only a matter of time before Oprah would make her brand influential once again. And seeing as she continues to top Forbes highest paid celebrity in the world list, Oprah is having the time of her life.
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” and “Oprah’s Next Chapter” are OWN’s most popular shows. Despite people saying she’s not going to have much success convincing celebrities to come on her show, Oprah proved she still has it. And over the past few months, Oprah sat down with some of the most viral celebrities in the United States. From the Kardashian family to Rihanna and most recently Gabby Douglas, Oprah’s interviews are impossible to miss.
But OWN isn’t the only business Oprah has her hands on. She’s also winning from Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, a satellite radio station, a magazine and O. It’s safe to say, Oprah is one busy lady.
Between May 2011 and May 2012, Oprah Winfrey earned $165 million. For the fourth time in a row, Oprah managed to leave behind many of last year’s very productive celebrities. Michael Bay, the director behind the highly popular “Transformers” was second highest paid celebrity in the world with only $5 million behind Oprah.
Steven Spielberg came in third, earning $130 million and was followed by Jerry Bruckheimer who made between May 2011 and May 2012 $115 million. He might have made a lot more, if it weren’t for the costly budget of his latest film, “The Lone Ranger”. Everybody in the production, including actor Johnny Depp agreed to take pay cuts to make sure the movie will actually happen.
Dr. Dre is still among the world’s highest paid celebrities earning $110 million, despite the fact he hasn’t released a new album in a while now.