Oprah Winfrey Named Richest Celebrity By Wide Margin

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Oprah Winfrey may have retired her namesake talk show, and her OWN TV network may be struggling by her standards, but she's still peerless.

The daytime legend topped Forbes' list of the highest-paid celebrities for the fourth year in a row, earning $165 million from May 2011-May 2012.

Guess appearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians wasn't career suicide. Coming in at #2 on the Forbes list is someone you might not expect.

Gabby Douglas and Oprah Winfrey

The magazine listed Michael Bay in second with $160 million during that period, largely on the strength of Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

After his twofer of War Horse and Tintin, Steven Spielberg took the third spot with $130 million in revenue, much of which came from residuals.

Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer netted $115 million, courtesy of more than $1 billion in sales from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

With his new remake of The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer coming down the pipeline, expect him to stay on this list.

Rounding out the top five earners was rapper / producer Dr. Dre, who raked in $110 million, much of it from his Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Other celebs making the top 10: Tyler Perry, Howard Stern and Simon Cowell. Britney Spears, at #20, was the second-highest earning woman.


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Oprah Winfrey Quotes

I like money. It's good for buying things. What you want is money with meaning. Meaning is what brings real richness to your life.

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Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn't great is lying to you.