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Oprah tops Forbes list of Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women

Posted by Katie McLeod  October 2, 2012 01:34 PM

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From left: Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears, and Taylor Swift. (Heather Wines/AP Photo/CBS; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Almost a year after "The Oprah Winfrey Show" ended its 25th season, Oprah is still finding a way to bring in more money than any other woman in Hollywood. With her OWN Network, her monthly magazine, "O," and her Sirius Satellite radio station, Oprah Radio, Oprah topped the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Women with $165 million in earnings between May 2011-2012.

Pop super stars Britney Spears and Taylor Swift trailed not-so-closely behind with their respective earnings. Spears brought in a cool $58 million from her 2012 tour and "Femme Fatale" album sales, while Swift took the third spot, reeling in $57 million, after a year full of "Speak Now" tour dates and countless hit singles. Spears's figure was calculated before the 30-year-old singer signed a $15 million deal to join the judging panel on "The X-Factor," but even with the monetary plus, her earnings still pale in compression to Winfrey's jaw-dropping 9-figures.

Who do you think will top the list next year? Will Oprah remain No. 1? Comment here.

 

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