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100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012 

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Updated January 27, 2020 30k views 100 items

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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Mark Burnett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 58 from London
$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
Age 31 from Saint Michael Parish
$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
Age 34 from Akron
$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
Age 61 from Metairie
$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
Age 49 from Castle Hill
$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
Age 32 from New York City
$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
Age 37 from Basel
$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
Age 40 from USA
$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
Age 48 from San Diego
$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
Age 43 from Leytonstone
$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
Age 34 from Santa Barbara
$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
Age 71 from Indianapolis
$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
Age 49 from New York City
$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
Age 38 from Três de Maio
$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
Age 50 from Knoxville
$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
Age 39 from New Orleans
$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
Age 34 from Santo António
$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
Age 37 from Texas
$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
Age 41 from Grand Rapids
$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
Age 64 from New York City
$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
Age 31 from Rosario
$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
Age 71 from Portland
$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
Age 49 from New York City
$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
Age 44 from Los Angeles
$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
Age 52 from New York City
$37 million