How rich do you have to be to lose a staggering 43% of your income in a year, and still rank as the highest paid celebrity in the world? You’d have to ask Oprah Winfrey. Forbes.com just published a list of the highest paid celebrities and Ms. O was queen of the mountain as usual with $165 million.
As the article notes, that’s a steep dropoff of $125 million from the previous year, due to the shuttering of Winfrey’s extraordinarily successful and lucrative talk show. But she’s still got a few things going for her, including a big stake in Dr. Phil. Her protégé landed at #17 with $64 million.
Most of the list is made up of Hollywood producer types. Michael Bay, a celebrity? Well, if it means you can walk into L.A.’s hottest restaurant and get seated immediately, I guess so. But I doubt I’d know Bay if he was in the elevator next to me.