In what should come as a surprise to many people, 55-year old Madonna tops Forbes’ list of highest paid celebrities this past year. The still-performing star raked in a ridiculous $125 million. A large portion of this money comes from her $305 million grossing MDNA tour with some added revenue streams from her fragrance, clothing, and other various investments.
Coming in a distant second was director Steven Spielberg at $100 million, who earned a large portion of his money from his box office hit “Lincoln”. Believe it or not, Spielberg still rakes in a fortune from his classics “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park”. There was a three-way tie for third place with “50 Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, Simon Cowell, and Howard Stern at $95 million.
Madonna is proof of just how powerful an incredible music career can be. Many people think that Lady Gaga is channeling the path of Madonna, but she’s still a long way to go. Perennial list-topper Oprah fell all the way to 13th (like that’s a bad thing). The rest of the top ten was filled out with other directors and authors. We’re still surprised to see Madonna a top the list with $125 million.