Forbes dropped yet another richest list this week, this time for women … and it’s Oprah remaining atop the mag’s annual “Entertainment’s Highest-Earning Women” list.
The former queen of daytime talk tops the list with $290 million in earnings between May 2010 and May 2011. Her total worth is somewhere around $2.7 billion, reports Forbes, which puts her 139th on our list of the 400 richest people in America.
The question is: will she remain on top next year?
After closing the curtain on her 25-year, self-titled talk show, she may not earn as much during next year’s list. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” accounted for the majority of Winfrey’s earnings. She does have her own cable network, OWN, but she has to make that a huge success to earn as much as her now retired show. Right now, ratings aren’t what she’s accustomed to.
Coming in at a distant second is pop star, Lady Gaga, who earned a reported $90 over the previous 12 months, thanks to endorsements from Virgin Mobile, as well as album and singles sales.
Others on the list include supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Judge Judy, Beyonce, and Katy Perry to name a few.
Below is a run-down (courtesy of Forbes.com):
Oprah Winfrey – $290 million
Winfrey beats her closest earning competitor on our list by a whopping $200 million. But with her show ending, how long will the queen of talk be able to maintain those kinds of earnings? Her cable network, OWN, has yet to take off.
Lady Gaga -$90 million
Lady Gaga topped our Celebrity 100 this year (which measures money AND fame) but she earned a full $200 million less than Oprah. Gaga will have to stay relevant if she’s going to continue to rank at the top of our lists.
Bethenny Frankel – $55 million
The reality star banked big bucks over the past year with a savvy sale of Skinny Girl drinks to Fortune Brands. Frankel is planning to expand her brand with rumors flying about a possible talk show.
Gisele Bundchen – $45 million
The supermodel went back to work just weeks after giving birth to her first son with husband Tom Brady. In addition to her modeling fees, Bundchen earns big from endorsement deals and Gisele for Ipanema.
Ellen DeGeneres – $45 million
DeGeneres is more than just a talk show host. She owns part of a pet food company called Halo and she recently started her own record label, Eleveneleven.
Judge Judy Sheindlin – $45 million
Judge Judy may be more under-the-radar than Oprah Winfrey but her daytime show used to regularly beat the queen of talk in ratings. With Winfrey gone, look for Sheindlin’s to be the syndicated show to beat.
Taylor Swift – $45 million
Swift may only be 21 but she’s a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. Her latest album, Speak Now, sold five million copies globally.
Katy Perry – $44 million
Perry’s second studio album, Teenage Dream, has had four singles hit the Billboard No. 1 spot so far but Perry isn’t just earning from her music. She voiced Smurfette in the recent Smurfs movie and she has a best-selling perfume.
Beyonce Knowles – $35 million
The 30-year-old singer just announced that she is expecting her first baby with husband Jay-Z. Her latest album 4, sold 310,000 copies in its first week.
Danielle Steel – $35 million
The mother of five has been cranking out best sellers since 1973. At the age of 64 she released three novels this year alone.