The Highest-Paid Celebrities

This is a list analyzing celebrities strictly by what they earn. 

beats dr dreAt number 5(110 million)is Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor.                               He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. This year Dr Dre made 110 million dollars from the music business and his business boosting product Beats. 

The major breakthrough in Dr Dre's business was the sale of his  major franchise beats which was bought buy HTC the handset maker for 300 million dollars which has netted Dr Dre the 110 million dollars between may 2011 and may 2012. Of course he also earn some from music but the super million booster was the beats franchise.

Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group N.W.A with Eazy-EIce CubeMC Ren, and DJ Yella, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single "Let Me Ride". In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. 

At number 4 (115 million) is Jerry Bruckheimer, also known as Jerome Leon "Jerry" Bruckheimer is an American film and television producer. 

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 He has achieved great success in the genres of action, drama, and science fiction. with this year 115 million dollars between may 2011 and may 2012.  

Jerry is probably known as the man behind the pirates of the caribbean movie franchise.

pirates of the caribeanThis is the fourth part of the pirates of the caribbean movie was the biggest hit of the franchise. It earned them a billion dollars. It was made in 3D so the tickets were more expensive in that helped.

He also has fantastic television empire, he does CSI and the Amazing Grace.He is really a stable producer and knows how to make really big movie hits.

Many of his films were produced by Paramount and Disney, while many of his television series were co-produced by Warner Bros. and CBS Television Studios.

At number 3 (130 million) is Steven Allan Spielberg, known as Steven Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur.

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Steven Allan Spielberg is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, video game designer, and studio entrepreneur. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres.

This year his dreamworks studio got into a lot production like Terra Nova and Smash. Terra Nova didnt do well enough to justify how much it cost. Smash is doing better, he also got more shows like fallen skies which is also doing better. Spielberg stepped out of the directing chair for the past few years. In time frame we saw him step back in and did well with The Adventures TinTin and War Horse. They both did well and made profits.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.2 billion according to wikipedia.

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 At number 2  (160 million)is Michael Bay , who  is known for directing high-budget action films characterized by their fast edits, stylistic visuals and substantial practical special effects. Micheal bay is the man behind the Transformer films. He had an amazing deal on the transformer movies. He made a transformation by taking a healthy share of the profit by taking larger share and generated billion dollars at the box office.

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His films, which include The Rock,ArmageddonPearl Harbor and the Bad Boys and Transformers series, have grossed over three billion dollars world-wide. He is co-founder of commercial production house The Institute, a.k.a. The Institute for the Development of Enhanced Perceptual Awareness. He is co-chair and part-owner of the digital effects house Digital Domain.

Bay has received five MTV Movie Awards: Best Movie and Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet for Transformers and Best Action Sequence for Pearl HarborBad Boys II and The Rock.[citation needed] In 1994, Bay was honored by the Directors Guild of America with an award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.[62]
Michael Bay received the ShoWest 2009 Vanguard Award for excellence in filmmaking at the confab of theater owners

At number 1  topping the list with (165 million) is Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
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She has TV shows like Dr Oz Dr Phil, She has a magazine , she has a radio, she now has the cable network. Even though it didn't  do well as she expected.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood.

She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, claiming to be raped at age nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. 
Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,[8] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
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TIME magazine wrote:

Few people would have bet on Oprah Winfrey's swift rise to host of the most popular talk show on TV. In a field dominated by white males, she is a black female of ample bulk.

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