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Beyonce Named a Top-Earning Celebrity in 2010

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Someone you might not expect on Forbes’ list of Top-Earning Celebrities in 2010 is Judge Judy, who rounded out the top 20. But, Judy’s $45 million income is only half of what Beyonce earned in 2010. The ‘Halo’ singer came in at No. 9 after earning $87 million.

Beyonce was the only music industry professional to crack the list’s top 10. Oprah Winfrey, who is in the final season of her daytime talk show after 25 seasons and 4,400 episodes, earned the No.1 spot with a 2010 income of $315 million. Apart from golf pro Tiger Woods, who earned $105 million and the No. 5 spot, the rest of the top 10 was made up of Hollywood directors that included James Cameron, Tyler Perry, Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.

While Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z was crowned Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash King earlier this year, the only other musicians to make the elite 20 were all women: Britney Spears ($64 million), Lady Gaga ($62 million), Madonna ($58 million) Miley Cyrus ($48 million) and Taylor Swift ($45 million).

Forbes’ Top 20 Celebrity Earners of 2010:

1. Oprah Winfrey, $315 million
2. James Cameron, $210 million
3. Tyler Perry, $125 million
4. Michael Bay, $120 million
5. Tiger Woods, $105 million
6. Jerry Bruckheimer, $100 million
7. Steven Spielberg, $100 million
8. George Lucas, $95 million
9. Beyoncé, $87 million
10. Dr. Phil, $80 million
11. Simon Cowell, $80 million
12. Jerry Seinfeld, $75 million
13. Britney Spears, $64 million
14. Lady Gaga, $62 million
15. Madonna, $58 million
16. Sandra Bullock, $56 million
17. Ellen DeGeneres, $55 million
18. Miley Cyrus, $48 million
19. Taylor Swift, $45 million
20. Judge Judy Sheindlin, $45 million

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