Want to join the ranks of high net worth women? It takes hard work, frugality, and education, state high net worth women surveyed by Millionaire Corner. It may also take a good set of pipes, according to Forbes’ annual list of Hollywood’s Highest Paid Women. Half of the women on the list are singers (six if you count Jennifer Lopez).
But Oprah Winfrey is still the queen, maintaining her hold on the top spot on the list compiled by Forbes writer Dorothy Pomerantz. Oprah earned an estimated $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012. That’s down from $315 million two years ago, but still not a bad haul considering she left her money-minting TV series to begin her initially struggling cable network OWN. Forbes puts her net worth at $2.7 billion.
Oprah’s $165 million is more than two-and-a-half times that of the woman with the second-highest net worth. Britney Spears, who did not rate inclusion on the 2011 list, earned $58 million mostly from CD sales and touring. This figure does not include her newest lucrative role as a co-host in “The X-Factor,” Pomerantz notes.
Third up is another singer and newcomer to the list, Taylor Swift, who earned $57 million. Att 22, she is the youngest woman on the list. The other songbirds in the top ten include Rihanna (No. 5 at $53 million), Lady Gaga (No. 6 at $52 million) and Katy Perry (No. 9 at $45 million). Have we decided if J-Lo counts as a singer? She’s No. 6 on the list with $52 million.
Ellen Degeneres rose a notch on the list of Hollywood’s high net worth women to No. 4 with $53 million. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen dropped three notches to No. 8 with $45 million. .
“Judge Judy” Scheindlin comes in at No. 10 with $45.
Three high net worth women who made the list last year could not repeat their top ten status: reality star Bethenny Frankel, Beyonce, and author Danielle Steel.
One curious omission: Where’s Tina Fey? Also, Vanity Fair, in a post about the most surprising revelations about the Forbes list noted that “not a single actress” made the ranking. Should Jennifer Lopez be offended?
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.