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The annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list of top-earning stars is here, and Hollywood once again dominates the pack.
Just behind number one earner Madonna is Steven Spielberg, who raked in a cool $100 million between June 2012 and June 2013. According to Forbes, most of that money comes from licensing fees and royalties for his wide library of films, including "E.T." and "Jurassic Park," which endlessly play on cable, in addition to royalties from his latest smash, "Lincoln." Spielberg's DreamWorks production company is also doing well, and Forbes credits its successful foray into television with hit CBS series "Under the Dome" with increasing the director's haul. He also takes a cut of all ticket sales at Universal Studios theme parks.
Author E.L. James tied for third on the list, having taken home $95 million in the last 12 months. James's "Fifty Shades of Grey" book trilogy broke publishing records, and is fast becoming the hottest property in Hollywood with its upcoming feature film adaptation, due next summer. Sam Taylor-Johnson is attached to direct, and just about every in-demand actor and actress has been circling the leading roles.
Despite the less-than-stellar box office performance of "Pain and Gain," producer and director Michael Bay still managed to land in the top five on the list, earning $82 million to take fifth place. Forbes predicts his profits should continue to climb next year with the release of "Transformers 4."
Other noted celebs on the list include producer Jerry Bruckheimer with $80 million, Tyler Perry with $78 million, Oprah Winfrey with $77 million (who also topped the Forbes list of most powerful celebrities), and Robert Downey Jr. with $75 million. Forbes calculates its list based on interviews with agents, managers, producers, and other insiders, and does not adjust earnings for taxes or other expenses.