Forbes recently released its list of Entertainment's highest-paid men, Tyler Perry, who has his own film and TV studio in Atlanta, ranks atop the list of Hollywood's highest paid men, in a new ranking from Forbes.com that includes director Steven Spielberg and singer Elton John.
Perry topped the list by making $130 million from May 2010 to May 2011, according to the financial website, Forbes.com.
10 #1. Tyler Perry
2011 Earnings: $130 million
Perry makes big money from his TV shows, “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” as well as his movies.
9 #2. Jerry Bruckheimer
2011 Earnings: $113 million
With the fourth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which earned $1 billion worldwide, Bruckheimer had another hit this summer.
8 #3. Steven Spielberg
2011 Earnings: $107 million
Spielberg will compete against himself this fall at the box office with the films “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”
7 #4. Elton John
2011 Earnings: $100 million
John’s most recent tour grossed $204 million in 12 months.
6 #5. Simon Cowell
2011 Earnings: $90 million
Record executive, Television Producer/Personality
Cowell will be back on TV this fall with “The X Factor,” another music-contest show that will also feature “American Idol” alum Paula Abdul.
5 #6. James Patterson
2011 Earnings: $84 million
Writer Patterson oversaw 20 best-selling books in 2010 alone. He works with a rotating group of co-authors to churn out books in his “Alex Cross” and “Women’s Murder Club” series.
4 #7. Dr. Phil McGraw
2011 Earnings: $80 million
Author/Talk show host
Dr. Phil is the most successful of Oprah’s proteges. He’s started creating his own little empire with a spin-off show called “The Doctors,” which is produced by his son Jay.
3 #8. Leonardo DiCaprio
2011 Earnings: $77 million
DiCaprio is the only actor to make our list thanks to two big movies in 2010: “Shutter Island” and “Inception,” which combined grossed $1.1 billion worldwid
2 #9. Howard Stern
2011 Earnings: $76 million
Stern has renewed with SiriusXM satellite radio through 2015 but analysts estimate he took a 20 percent cut on his new deal.
1 #10. Tiger Woods
2011 Earnings: $75 million
Woods has struggled on — and off — the golf course since his 2009 personal problems but he’s still the world’s best-paid athlete.
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