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100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012 

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Updated January 27, 2020 29.9k 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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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 65 from Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
$165 million
2
Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 54 from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
$160 million
3
Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 72 from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
$130 million
4
Jerry Bruckheimer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 75 from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
$115 million
5
Dr. Dre is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 54 from Compton, USA, California
$110 million
6
Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 49 from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
$105 million
7
Howard Stern is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 65 from Jackson Heights, New York City, New York
$95 million
8
James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 71 from Newburgh, New York, United States of America
$94 million
9
Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 59 from Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
$90 million
10
George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 74 from Modesto, California, United States of America
$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
Age 71 from Pinner, London, United Kingdom
$80 million
12
Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 55 from Everett, Washington, United States of America
$80 million
13
Tom Cruise is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 56 from Syracuse, New York, United States of America
$75 million
14
Dick Wolf is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 72 from New York City, New York, United States of America
$70 million
15
Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 100 Highest Paid Celebrities in the World: Power List 2012
Age 68 from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States of America
$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
Age 40 from Kibawe, Philippines
$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
Age 72 from New York City, New York, United States of America
$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
$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
Age 44 from Dunwoody, Georgia, United States of America
$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
Age 37 from McComb, Mississippi, United States of America
$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
Age 43 from Cypress, California, United States of America
$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
Age 29 from Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
$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
Age 76 from Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom
$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
Age 24 from London, Canada
$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
Age 57 from Clinton, Oklahoma, United States of America
$55 million