The Top 5 Highest-Paid Personalities: From Oprah to Howard Stern
By Ashley Crossan
Forbes just released their annual list of the top-earning personalities – and we're taking a closer look at the leading faces in entertainment.
5. Dr. Phil ($77 million)
Dr. Phil McGraw nabs the fifth spot on the list – his earnings come from his gig as a daytime talk show host, where he pulled off impressive ratings this year from his interviews with Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight, and Donald Sterling scandal whistleblower V. Stiviano. Additional earnings come from his massive book deals, including 2 book titles from this year.
4. Oprah Winfrey ($82 million)
Lady O raked in $82 million this year from O Magazine and her network, OWN. But, the bulk of her check comes from her long-running talk show. Yep – it's been off the air since 2011, but she's still pulling in syndication money from the iconic daytime program.
3. Glenn Beck ($90 million)
Right-wing political TV personality Glenn Beck earned $90 million this year. His income stems from the network he started after leaving Fox News, The Blaze.
2. Simon Cowell ($95 million)
Simon Cowell is in a tie for the top spot – he rakes in $95 million for creating American Idol and America's Got Talent. Plus, he has his very own record label that reps all the contest winners… Like One Direction!
1. Howard Stern ($95 million)
Radio host Howard stern is tied with Cowell for $95 million – his earnings come from his lucrative contract with Sirius XM, as well as his gig as a judge on America's Got Talent.
Check out this video for more on their unstoppable empires!