Entertainment’s Highest Paid Men

In Hollywood actors such as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington receive all the attention but they are not necessarily receiving the biggest paychecks.  Check out the Forbes list of Entertainment’s Highest Paid Men.  Only two of the men on the list are actors and one of those actors earns most of his money as a writer/director/producer.  Checkout the full list after the jump.

Tyler Perry

$130 million

Perrry makes big money from his TV shows (Meet the Browns and House of Payne) as well as his movies.  He’ll take on the role of detective Alex Cross in a big screen adaptation of the James Patterson books.

Jerry Bruckheimer

$113 million

Bruckheimer has another hit with the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean which earned $1 billion at the global box office.

Steven Spielberg

$107 million

Spielberg will compete against himself this fall at the box office with the films War Horse and The Adventures of Tintin

Elton John

$100 million

John’s most recent tour grossed $204 million in 12 months.  He recently welcolmed a son (via surrogate) with partner David Furnish.

Simon Cowell

$90 million

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.

James Patterson

$84 million

Patterson is an industry with 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.


Dr. Phil McGraw

$80 million

Dr. Phil is the most successful of Oprah’s proteges.  He’s started creating his own little empire with a spin show called The Doctors which is produced by his son Jay.

Leonardo DiCaprio

$77 million

DiCaprio is the only actor to make the list thanks to two big movies in 2010: Shutter Island and Inception which combined grossed $1.1 billion at the global box office.

Howard Stern

$76 million

Stern has renewed with SiriusXM satellite radio through 2015 but analysts estimate he took a 20% paycut on his new deal.

Tiger Woods

$75 million

Woods has struggled win tournaments and sign new deals since his 2009 transgressions but he’s still the world’s best-paid athlete.

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