Forbes’ List of the Top Female Hollywood Earners

by Melissa Silverstein on November 10, 2010

in Business,Music

So we know there are women in Hollywood who make some serious bucks.  Oprah is at the top of that list.  She beats everyone — even the guys.  But the reality is, most women don’t hold a candle to their male colleagues.

The top ten male earners made $1.2 billion in the year ending June 2010 and women earned $835 million in comparison (and Oprah counts for $315 million of those dollars.)  The article makes clear that the number 2 woman – Beyonce would be number nine on the male list and none of the rest of the top ten would even make it onto the list.

The thing that makes me want to vomit is that there are several male directors on the list — we all know that James Cameron had a big year last year with Avatar — but the  fact that Michael Bay earned $120 million…well you can imagine how that makes me feel.  Suffice it to say that the best director winner Kathryn Bigelow did not make the list.

The list includes:

Oprah – $315 million
Beyonce – $87 million
Britney Spears – $64 million
Lady Gaga – $62 million
Madonna – $58 million
Sandra Bullock $56 million
Ellen DeGeneres – $55 million
Miley Cyrus – $48 million
Taylor Swift – $45 million
Judge Judy Sheindlin – $45 million

Hollywood’s Highest-Earning Women


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