On the East Coast, revenue streams are slowly rising as banks are still cratering and trying to recover from the recession. But out West, money ain’t a thing, as Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z once rapped.
Everyone has their opinion on who the best were in 2010, but Forbes removed those pesky opinions when compiling their list for Hollywood’s Highest Earners for 2010 by boiling things down to simple dollars and cents.
While a number of these names should come as no surprise, there are a few names towards the bottom of the list that prove that Hollywood is in fact getting younger (and less talented):
1. Oprah Winfrey, $315 million
2. James Cameron, $210 million
3. Tyler Perry, $125 million
4. Michael Bay, $120 million
5. Tiger Woods, $105 million
6. Jerry Bruckheimer, $100 million
7. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
8. George Lucas, $95 million
9. Beyoncé, $87 million
10. Dr. Phil, $80 million
11. Simon Cowell, $80 million
12. Jerry Seinfeld, $75 million
13. Britney Spears, $64 million
14. Lady Gaga, $62 million
15. Madonna, $58 million
16. Sandra Bullock, $56 million
17. Ellen DeGeneres, $55 million
18. Miley Cyrus, $48 million
19. Taylor Swift, $45 million
20. Judge Judy Sheindlin, $45 million
Wait what, Britney earned more than Lady Gaga? Seriously now? I would have lost that bet if someone asked me which of them had earned more.
As for Leonardo DiCaprio, he made the film industry $1.1 billion dollars this year with his movies, Inception and Shutter Island. According to a list compiled by Forbes, he made Hollywood more money than anyone. No report on what he actually took in himself though.