Madonna Tops Forbes’ 2013 Highest-Paid Celebrities List


Her last album MDNA may have flopped, but Madonna is still a force in music, and continues to rake in the money… which has put her at the top of Forbes’ 2013 list: The Highest-Paid Celebrities.

Despite selling less than 1 million copies of MDNA, the pop icon earned $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013 to put her atop the list. How? Through the tour coinciding with the album, though most likely attended to see her performance classics like “Vogue,” “Like a Virgin” and “Lucky Star” rather than new material.

Overall, the tour itself grossed $305 million and earned her the Top Touring Award at the Billboard Music Awards. That, in addition to merch sales, a clothing line, fragrance and investments in companies like Vita Coco helped her top the latest Forbes list.

Behind Madonna with $25 million less is director/film producer Steven Spielberg. He earned an estimated $100 million, mostly from his extensive film library, which includes E.T. and Jurassic Park.

In a tie for third is author E.L. James, Howard Stern and Simon Cowell — all earning around $95 million each.

Forbes compiled the list by talking to agents, managers, producers and others in-the-know to come up with their estimates.

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