The 10 Top Richest Celebrities Over 50


The young stars in Hollywood might get most of the attention, but the older generation gets most of the money. The top over-50 celebrities earned a collective $1.2 billion. By contrast the top-earning under-30 crowd earned only $506 million. Our estimates look at earnings between June 2009 and June 2010.

Oprah Winfrey

56
$315 million
News that this coming season of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be her last helped the self-made billionaire garner more media attention than any other member of the Celebrity 100. Her Harpo production company, which spawned the careers of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz, recently introduced a show around interior designer Nate Berkus. In January our top-earner will add the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications to her media empire.

James Cameron

55
$210 million
As the director of the highest-grossing film of all time, Cameron is definitely "king of the world." Avatar has earned $2.7 billion at the box office alone and has changed the way Hollywood makes films. In the near future almost every studio blockbuster will be released in 3-D. Cameron is already at work on two Avatar sequels.

Jerry Bruckheimer

64
$100 million
Disney's new focus on exploiting owned material for new franchises is good news for Jerry Bruckheimer. He earned the studio tons of money with his Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. His latest productions, Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, haven't done as well, but he's got more in the pipeline, including a fourth Pirates movie.

Steven Spielberg

63
$100 million
With DreamWorks safely ensconced at Disney, Spielberg can forget about corporate intrigue and go back to the business of making movies, like his adaptation of the classic comic Tintin. The director continues to earn money from his biggest hits, like Jaws and Jurassic Park, and gets a portion of all ticket sales at Universal theme parks.

George Lucas

66
$95 million
Lucas doesn't have to move a muscle, and he still makes money. The director/producer gets paid anytime a Star Wars movie is shown and every time a kid buys any Star Wars merchandise. That doesn't mean Lucas is resting on his laurels. He's producing the movie Red Tails about the Tuskegee Airmen.

Phil McGraw

59
$80 million
His nationally syndicated television show, Dr. Phil still counts many millions of viewers as fans. In the show's eighth season, it remains a top-rated daytime show. Newcomer Dr. Oz, another Oprah protégé, will continue to give him stiff competition for TV's top doc. Appearance and producer fees help thicken McGraw's wallet.

Jerry Seinfeld

56
$75 million
The show about nothing continues to pull in tens of millions of dollars each year for the world's top-earning comedian. After airing for nine seasons on NBC, Seinfeld has made $2.7 billion since it went off the air 12 years ago, a jaw-dropping figure Time Warner (who owns the show) publicized this spring. Seinfeld's stand-up act remains lucrative and another NBC series, the unscripted Marriage Ref, brings in producer fees.

James Patterson

63
$70 million
The former ad man's novels account for 1 out of every 17 books sold in the U.S. In addition to his successful Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club books Patterson has written a biography, Against Medical Advice, about a man with a mysterious medical condition. In his spare time Patterson reviews movies on his website.

Bruce Springsteen

60
$70 million
The poet laureate of New Jersey continues to connect with fans around the world. Backed by the E Street Band, Springsteen sold more than 2 million tickets on his world tour, which grossed $167 million, enough to make it the third highest-grossing tour in the world. Heavy radio play on classic rock stations and a steady-selling backlist adds to his bottom line.

Howard Stern

56
$70 million
Stern's Sirius Radio deal continues to pay him $100 million annually (less the production costs for the show, which come out of his pocket). The veteran shock-jock generated headlines earlier this year when his name was floated as a possible replacement for departing American Idol super-judge Simon Cowell. His five-year contract expires at the end of the year.

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