Earlier this month, we released a list of the world’s top earning DJs/producers, according to Forbes. So it’s only right that we write up the next list – the Forbes list of the world’s highest earning celebrities. Basically, this means they’re super filthy rich. Yup.

According to a spokesperson on the Forbes website, the people behind the list determines who the highest paid celebrities are by taking their upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements, and advertising work into consideration. And if that’s not enough, they also talk to managers, agents, lawyers, and other “in the know” folks to come up with their estimates.

Sounds legit!

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And like we said, if it came from Forbes, it has to be true. Here are the top five highest paid celebrities of the world (2012):

1. Oprah Winfrey: $165 million

Oprah Winfrey

It’s not the first time Oprah Winfrey has sat on this pedestal. We know what you’re thinking – how is it possible since she no longer has her talk show? Ah, but she still has Harpo, her production company. Harpo holds takes in shows such as “Dr. Phil”, “Rachael Ray”, and “The Dr. Oz Show”.

2. Michael Bay: $160 million

Michael Bay

Can’t say we didn’t see this one coming. He did, however, beat Steven Spielberg to it though! Michael’s #2 on this list is largely contributed by the success of the popular “Transformers” franchise, and not just the movies. He’s also making big bucks from billion dollar spin-offs such as toys, merchandise, theme parks rides, etc.

3. Steven Spielberg: $130 million

Steven Spielberg

Schindler’s List. Jaws. E.T. Jurassic Park. These are just the few films he’s known for. Let’s not forget how he swiftly moved from film to TV shows such as “Smash” and “Terra Nova”. Proof that Mr. Spielberg has done it right? His TV work has helped him cinch the #3 spot on this list!

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4. Jerry Bruckheimer: $115 million

Jerry Bruckheimer

Why Jerry? His “Pirate of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides” went big time in 2011 when it became one of the highest-grossing films of the year. Of course, his other movies, “Prince of Persia” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” were also notable ones albeit not as box-office-breaking – but still!

5. Dr. Dre: $110 million

Dr. Dre

Bears by Dr. Dre. Need we say more?

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