Knowing the success of his “Madea” franchise alone, it’s not too surprising that Tyler Perry tops Forbes’ “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list this year. According to Forbes, Perry pulled in $130 million in 12 months, beginning in May 2010.
TV shows “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies. The actor/producer/director/screenwriter will star in the upcoming film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels.
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer earned his spot at No. 2 with some help from the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which raked in $1 billion globally. This pushed Bruckheimer’s yearly haul to $113 million.
Steven Spielberg ranks third with $107 million in earnings this year. The famed director has two films going head-to-head this fall – “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tin Tin.”
Music men Elton John, who took home $100 million, and “American Idol” guru Simon Cowell, with $90 million, round out the list’s Top 5.
Author James Patterson comes in at No. 6, having made $84 million this year thanks to his best-selling books.
Talk show host Phil McGraw (aka “Dr. Phil”) made $80 million from his TV empire, featuring shows like “The Doctors.” This earns him the No. 7 spot.
Leonardo DiCaprio is the lone actor on the list, thanks to big budget hits like “Inception” and “Shutter Island.” Leo made $77 million, putting him at No. 8.
The ninth highest-paid man in showbiz happens to be Howard Stern, with his lucrative satellite radio deal. Stern pulled in a salary of $76 million this year.
Despite his scandal, Tiger Woods makes the list. The world’s best-paid athlete comes in at No. 10 after earning $75 million.