The Top-Earning TV Personalities
The unstoppable list-makers at Forbes.com have put together a rundown of the highest-paid TV personalities . . . for the year between May of 2010 and this past May. Surprise!! Surprise!! Oprah was number one at $290 million.
1.) Oprah Winfrey, $290 million
2.) Simon Cowell, $90 million
3.) Dr. Phil McGraw, $80 million
4.) Ryan Seacrest, $61 million
5.) Donald Trump, $60 million
6.) Bethenny Frankel, $55 million (!!!) She was on the first three seasons of “The Real Housewives of New York City” . . . but pretty much all of this came from her “brand,” which includes foods, drinks, clothes and a future daytime talk-show.
7.) Ellen DeGeneres, David Letterman and Judge Judy Sheindlin tied with an estimated $45 million apiece
10.) Glenn Beck, $40 million
(–You can flip through Forbes.com’s mini write-ups on these people, here.)