Madonna, 55, has been names Forbes Magazine’s top-earning celebrity for the period of June 2012 to June 2013, according to a Forbes report on Monday. The reason for Madonna having earned $125 million in the 12-month period is primarily due to her concert performances. In addition to her top-drawing concert, she also made a good amount of money from her merchandise sales, fragrance brand, clothing line, and her investments in companies such as Vita Coco.
Number 2 on the list is motion picture director Steven Spielberg whose movies earned him $100 million in the past year. While most of his earnings come from his past films such as the classics “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park,” he also had a currently popular movie, “Lincoln,” bringing in a huge amount of money this past year via his DreamWorks company.
Number 3 through 5 is a tie between E.L. James, Simon Cowell, and Howard Stern with all three having earned $95 million in the past year. E. L. James earned her money via her book entitled “50 Shades of Grey.” The trilogy net 70 million book sales, worldwide, and Universal Studios is working on a movie of her work. Simon - best known for his former “America’s Got Talent” success - and radio shock jock Howard Stern who also was blessed with a post on the show tie with E. L. James. Beyond television success this past year, Stern earns a huge amount of money from his Sirius/SM contract in the broadcast communications industry.
Rounding out the top ten are author James Patterson at number 6 after having earned $91 million in the past year, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck via his web site “The Blaze” is number 7 with $90 million, motion picture director Michael “Transformers” Bay is number 8 with $82 million, motion picture producer Jerry “Pirates of the Caribbean” Bruckheimer continued earning huge amounts of money as he earned $80 million in 2013 to place him at a tie for numbers 9 and 10 with singer-songwriter-entertainer Lady Gaga.
Forbes says it compiles its list of the top-earning celebrities by talking to agents, managers, producers, and others who are knowledgeable of the celebrities’ entertainment earnings between June 2012 and June 2013. The figures do not deduct for such deductions from the celebrities’ intake such as taxes, agent fees, and additional expenses.