November 01, 2014

Pop star Madonna ranked world’s top-earning celebrity

By Ghanizada - Tue Aug 27 2013, 1:40 pm

Madonna top-earning celebrity of the worldAnchored on the immense success of her top-grossing tour, pop star Madonna was the world’s top-earning celebrity over the past year, according to a Forbes list released on Monday.

The 55-year-old Material Girl made $125 million in estimate earnings for the period from June 2012 to June 2013. Her earnings were mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments.

According to the Magazine, director Steven Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with “Lincoln,” was a distant second with earnings of $100 million (Dh459 million) in the year ended June 2013.

Majority of his earnings came from his catalogue of past hits such as E.T. and Jurassic Park, which continue to bring in big bucks.

50 Shades of Grey author EL James, Simon Cowell and shock jock Howard Stern secured third place, with earnings of $95m. Lady GaGa, who’s known for emulating the Queen of Pop, placed tenth on the list with $80 million, because of her “Born This Way Ball” tour getting cut short by her hip injury and subsequent surgery.

Others who made it to the top ten are TV host Glenn Beck, director Michael Bay and novelist James Patterson, now the best-selling author of all time.

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