Oprah Dubbed Top Earning Celeb Of 2010
First Published: March 12, 2011 6:02 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Ever wondered what your favorite celebrities earn?
Parade magazine has broken down the stars’ 2010 salaries for their 28th annual “What People Earn” issue.
Topping the charts with $315M earned in 2010 was — no surprise here! — OWN network mastermind, Oprah Winfrey.
The estate of the late Michael Jackson took in $275M, despite the King of Pop’s tragic death in 2009.
Shockingly, aging rock group AC/DC beat some of today’s hottest stars with $114M.
America’s favorite swashbuckler, Johnny Depp, led the actor pack with a cool $100M.
It’s a good thing Jay-Z “Put A Ring” on Beyonce – the singer-actress-designer was on fire, pulling in $87M, while her hubby held his own with $63M.
Lady Gaga came in right behind HOVA with $62M, while America’s sweetheart, Academy Award-winning actress Sandra Bullock, earned $56M.
Comedienne and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres danced her way to $55M. Ryan Seacrest’s salary “Trumped” The Donald’s, pulling in $51M while the real estate mogul earned $50M.
“Twilight” franchise star Kristen Stewart earned an astonishing $28.5M, beating veteran actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s $28M. Kristen’s “Twilight” co-star, Robert Pattison, trailed slightly behind both with $27.5M.
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe earned $25M and funnywoman Chelsea Handler earned a spot on the board with $19M.
Parade also investigated TV salaries vs. reality compensation. Far away from the glittering lights of Hollywood, Ross McArthur, a real-life sales executive from Scranton, Penn., (home of “The Office’s” Dunder-Mifflin Scranton branch) earns $70,000, according to the mag. Chris Johnson serves as a superintendent of Parks & Recreation in Portage, Ind., much like Amy Poehler’s character on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and earns $58,000 annually.
Stephen Popa, a 41-year-old choir director from Lima, Ohio, whose career mirrors that of “Glee’s” Will Schuester, earns $48,601 annually.
For more celebrity salary info and comparisons, read the full story in Sunday’s issue of Parade magazine.
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