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Who are the 100 highest paid celebrities in the world? The celebrity power list of 2012 includes rich and famous people from all areas of entertainment. Some celebrities listed here are singers, others are musicians and still others are on the opposite side of the camera: directors, screenwriters and movie and TV executives. This list of the highest paid celebrities in the world is from Forbes' magazine's annual power 100 list. Is your favorite here?

Some celebrities do much more than act, sing or write. They're now expanding their wealth by including a business angle. Examples? Jennifer Lopez has made millions as an actress and a singer, but she's made the most money by building a fashion and perfume empire. It's not enough just to be famous anymore: To get rich, a celebrity clearly needs to build and expand their own brand in some way.

Newcomers to the Celebrity 100 Forbes list in 2012 include Rihanna and Kim Kardashian: Two women who know how to market themselves and their brand, to the tune of multi-millions. As far as men, newcomers to the 2012 list include Ashton Kutcher, who raked in millions through his high-profile role on 'Two and a Half Men,' but also in endorsement money (think Nikon).

The 2012 100 highest paid celebrities in the world are highly recognizable names. Some, including perennial favorites Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and others, are also included on the 2011 power list of the wealthiest celebs worldwide.

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Oprah Winfrey age 63 - $165 million

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Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Michael Bay age 52 - $160 million

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Steven Spielberg age 70 - $130 million

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Jerry Bruckheimer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Jerry Bruckheimer age 73 - $115 million

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Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Dr. Dre age 52 - $110 million

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Tyler Perry age 47 - $105 million

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Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Howard Stern age 63 - $95 million

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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
James Patterson age 70 - $94 million

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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Simon Cowell age 57 - $90 million

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
George Lucas age 72 - $90 million

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Elton John age 70 - $80 million

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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Glenn Beck age 53 - $80 million

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Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Tom Cruise age 54 - $75 million

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Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Dick Wolf age 70 - $70 million

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Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Rush Limbaugh age 66 - $69 million

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Manny Pacquiáo age 38 - $67 million

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Donald Trump age 70 - $63 million

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Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Bon Jovi $60 million

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Ryan Seacrest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Ryan Seacrest age 42 - $59 million

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Britney Spears age 35 - $58 million

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Tiger Woods age 41 - $58 million

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Taylor Swift age 27 - $57 million

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Paul McCartney age 74 - $57 million

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Justin Bieber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Justin Bieber age 23 - $55 million

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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Toby Keith age 55 - $55 million

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Mark Burnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Mark Burnett age 56 - $55 million

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Rihanna age 29 - $53 million

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
LeBron James age 32 - $53 million

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Ellen DeGeneres age 59 - $53 million

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Jennifer Lopez age 47 - $52 million

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Lady Gaga age 31 - $52 million

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Roger Federer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Roger Federer age 35 - $52 million

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Kobe Bryant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Kobe Bryant age 38 - $50 million

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Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Phil Mickelson age 46 - $48 million

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
David Beckham age 41 - $46 million

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Katy Perry age 32 - $45 million

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
David Letterman age 70 - $45 million

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Sean Combs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Sean Combs age 47 - $45 million

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Gisele Bündchen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Gisele Bündchen age 36 - $45 million

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Kenny Chesney is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Kenny Chesney age 49 - $44 million

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Peyton Manning age 39 - $42 million

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Cristiano Ronaldo age 32 - $42 million

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Beyoncé Knowles age 35 - $40 million

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Floyd Mayweather Jr. age 40 - $40 million

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Jerry Seinfeld age 62 - $40 million

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Lionel Messi age 29 - $39 million

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Stephen King age 69 - $39 million

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Jay-Z is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Jay-Z age 47 - $38 million

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Leonardo DiCaprio age 41 - $37 million

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Adam Sandler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Adam Sandler age 50 - $37 million