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Oprah Winfrey tops Forbes list again

OPRAH Winfrey has been named the highest paid celebrity for the fourth year in a row.

The media mogul - who quit her successful chat show last year after 25 years to focus on running her own network - earned $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012 to top Forbes' Highest Paid Celebrities list ahead of directors Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg, in second and third place respectively.

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While Oprah is the only woman in the top 10, according to Forbes: "Her reign might not last much longer as this is the last year we'll count any of her syndication money."

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is in fourth place with $115 million earned while rapper Dr Dre was a "surprising" addition to the list in fifth place, with $110 earned in the past year.

Forbes states: "Dre didn't earn that money from the recording industry, though - it's from his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

"Last August handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51 per cent stake in the company, which he co-founded with Interscope Chief Jimmy Iovine in 2006.

"It's a pretty good haul but one that Dre is unlikely to repeat next year."


Forbes Top 10 Highest Paid Celebrities 2012

1. Oprah Winfrey, $165 million

2. Michael Bay, $160 million

3. Steven Spielberg, $130 million

4. Jerry Bruckheimer, $115 million

5. Dr Dre, $110 million

6. Tyler Perry, $105 million

7. Howard Stern, $95 million

8. James Patterson, $94 million

9. George Lucas, $90 million

10. Simon Cowell, $90 million

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