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Hector
1/18/2007, 9:21 AM
Thursday January 18, 9:06 am ET
E! Entertainment To Air One-Hour Special About The List On January 20


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oprah Winfrey tops the new Forbes list of "The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment," with an estimated $1.5 billion in amassed earnings over her career, followed by J.K. Rowling and Martha Stewart, with $1 billion and $638 million, respectively.

To make the list, available at www.forbes.com/womenstars, these working female megastars needed a minimum net worth of $45 million amassed over the course of their careers.

Forbes' 20 Richest Women In Entertainment:

1) Oprah Winfrey $1.5B
2) J.K. Rowling $ 1B
3) Martha Stewart $638M
4) Madonna $325M
5) Celine Dion $250M
6) Mariah Carey $225M
7) Janet Jackson $150M
8) Julia Roberts $140M
9) Jennifer Lopez $110M
10) Jennifer Aniston $110M
11) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen $100M
12) Britney Spears $100M
13) Judge Judy (Sheindlin) $ 95M
14) Sandra Bullock $ 85M
15) Cameron Diaz $ 75M
16) Gisele Bundchen $ 70M
17) Ellen DeGeneres $ 65M
18) Nicole Kidman $ 60M
19) Christina Aguilera $ 60M
20) Renee Zellweger $ 45M

Forbes and E! Entertainment teamed up for a one-hour TV special about the list, which premieres on Saturday, January 20 at 6:00 p.m. ET.

These days, just about any lip-smacking starlet can land a cable reality show or become YouTube's flavor of the week. But fame's 15 fleeting minutes can elapse quicker than it takes to refresh a Web page. Only a bona fide superstar can parlay a moment's stardom into a long and lucrative career. And even that's not enough to land a coveted spot on our first-ever listing of the 20 Richest Women in Entertainment. For that, you'd need a minimum net worth of $45 million.

To compile the list, we scoured the music, television, film and publishing industries to determine which female celebrities have, over the course of their careers, amassed the greatest fortunes in entertainment. We ruled out non-working celebs who essentially live off royalties (Barbra Streisand, for example), and we also excluded "old Hollywood" types like Elizabeth Taylor. The list is entirely confined to today's active megastars.

Of course, the celebrities with the longest careers proved the most daunting to evaluate. Since beginning her career in the early 1980s, Madonna has sold some 200 million albums worldwide and starred in a string of largely disappointing films. She owns an impressive portfolio of properties and briefly ran her own record label, Maverick, a part of Warner Music Group. Our estimate of her net worth--$325 million--is definitely on the conservative side.

Indeed, most of the women on our list cull their earnings from multimedia enterprises. Jennifer Lopez, for example, boasts valuable perfume and fashion lines in addition to her film and music careers; Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling now enjoys millions of dollars in royalties and merchandising revenues from the incredibly successful film adaptations of her books; and supermodel Gisele Bundchen, a fixture of Victoria's Secret catalogs, earned her $70 million fortune not just from modeling, but also from a line of successful sandals sold in Brazil.

The youngest women on the list? Twenty-year-old twins and former child stars Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who have converted their supporting roles on a middling 1980s sitcom into a multimillion dollar retail empire called Dualstar Entertainment. The twins are often credited in the media as presiding over a fortune of as much as $1 billion. Not so. Despite Dualstar's retail sales of $1 billion, the waifish mini-moguls don't pocket all of it. We estimate their combined net worth at around $100 million.

Britney Spears, 25, also makes the list, despite a relatively brief career that took off only in 1999 with the release of her hit single "...Baby One More Time." Her $100 million fortune was earned largely from music--she has sold over 75 million albums to date--but she has supplemented her income with a profitable line of perfumes and multimillion-dollar endorsement deals.

The richest actress on the list is Julia Roberts, who built her estimated $140 million fortune film by film. The Pretty Woman star was the first actress in Hollywood to command a $20 million-per-film paycheck, a fairly common salary for male superstars like Will Smith and Johnny Depp. Other actresses who make the list largely due to their film fees are Nicole Kidman and Cameron Diaz. Sandra Bullock, who checks in at No. 14 on the list, supplemented movie earnings by producing the ABC sitcom The George Lopez Show, which went into syndication last year.

Martha Stewart is the only woman on the list whose net worth fluctuates just about every second. Her nearly $650 million fortune is based almost entirely on the 28 million shares she owns in Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (nyse: MSO - news - people ). (In 2005, that stake was worth $1 billion.) Though her brief stint in prison forced her to relinquish the chief executive title, she still collects upwards of $2 million a year in salary and bonuses from the firm.

Forbes' list of the 20 Richest Women in Entertainment is the subject of a one-hour special slated to air on the E! Entertainment Channel on Jan. 20. Check your local listings.

Methodology: Net worth estimates were arrived at by tallying the total earnings, including salaries, record sales, tours, merchandising and royalties over the course of a career. When relevant, we included real estate holdings, shares and other assets. A conservative rate of return was applied, less taxes and agent fees. The list is limited to those female celebrities active in their professional lives.

xoxokely
1/18/2007, 9:31 AM
britney is so rich but she didn't look so fabulous at all!!!...and why is Paris not there?

:eek: 11) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen $100M

xoxokely
1/18/2007, 9:32 AM
Oprah is damn so rich...

Departure
1/18/2007, 9:41 AM
J.K. Rowling might beat Oprah after this 7th book maybe.....that will be shocking new news for the world if she does. Otherwise she'll come pretty damn close. Oprah is so rich...what does she do with all that money?

xoxokely
1/18/2007, 9:44 AM
^yeah...but i don't think that J.K. Rowling will stay at 1 for long...

Departure
1/18/2007, 9:53 AM
^Unless she makes more than 7 books ;)

MusicfanReturns
1/18/2007, 9:56 AM
That list is so bugus. There are so many more rich woman in Entertainment.
According to a Swiss financial report Shania TWain is worth 450 million dollars.
Dolly Parton who own Dolly Wood and has many other ventures is worth 400 million Dollars.
I think Forbes only listed people who have been in the new this year and whose finacial records they could get to.
They said the list only includeds woman who are active in their caeer today.
Do they consider Shania retired?
Just the fact that E entertainment is envolved proves that this list is so wrong.

xoxokely
1/18/2007, 10:11 AM
^Unless she makes more than 7 books ;)

yeah...and she'll be a rich bitch...

lecritikeur
1/18/2007, 11:04 AM
Oprah can significantly reduce poverty by giving all her money to Africa!
lol

Glad Janet Jackson is on this ranking!!!!
and Madonna is still the richest female singer out there!

Jay.
1/18/2007, 11:12 AM
[B]britney is so rich but she didn't look so fabulous at all!!!...and why is Paris not there?
Paris isn't rich, her parents are.

GoldenBoy
1/18/2007, 1:20 PM
Holy crap at Judge Judy :eek: .

aboynamedginger
1/18/2007, 1:28 PM
Forbes isn't just about money, it's about FAME as well. How popular they are.

SO.UNCOOL™
1/18/2007, 2:16 PM
JLO :clap:

blackbeatxx
1/18/2007, 2:21 PM
yay christina on top 20!....and wtf @ oprah´s fortune!!

lecritikeur
1/18/2007, 3:23 PM
and where is BEYONCE ??????????????????

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

Kaos
1/18/2007, 3:25 PM
wow Gisele beat Tyra? well she's hotter anyway but Tyra funny <333

Joster
1/18/2007, 3:36 PM
and where is BEYONCE ??????????????????

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
She probably didn't give info to the press or there isn't enough info on how much she has earned.

blackbeatxx
1/18/2007, 4:01 PM
and where is BEYONCE ??????????????????

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

yea, really wonder that too!

Nick
1/18/2007, 7:18 PM
That list is so bugus. There are so many more rich woman in Entertainment.
According to a Swiss financial report Shania TWain is worth 450 million dollars.
Dolly Parton who own Dolly Wood and has many other ventures is worth 400 million Dollars.
I think Forbes only listed people who have been in the new this year and whose finacial records they could get to.
They said the list only includeds woman who are active in their caeer today.
Do they consider Shania retired?
Just the fact that E entertainment is envolved proves that this list is so wrong.

:rofl:

R`0`K`R
1/18/2007, 7:26 PM
wow Christina!! she's gonna get richer off that tour this year too!

Yonka is missing, hmm.

WTF at Judge Judy!!! How is she so rich??!!

toxnick
1/19/2007, 1:45 AM
Wow Oprah!!!
Nice list...

Go britney! :D

dadjdemi
1/19/2007, 6:11 AM
I think their estimate of Madonna and Oprah is conservative. I think both are richer.
I kinda think Madonna would be worth around 500million and Oprah close to 2 billion

laisla
1/19/2007, 7:26 AM
find this
"Madonna Net Worth"

Madonna is the richest female singer in the world, and one of the richest self-made women in the world ... with an estimated net worth of over $850 million. Her wealth is closer to $850m USD than the reported $665m.
Reports about her wealth vary from programme to programme, but once all is considered, including personal wealth, real estate, and her Maverick studios earnings, Madonna just may be a billionaire herself... if not today, then very shortly in time.

In 2004 alone, she earned more than $50 million with her Reinvention Tour. Rolling Stone reported that she was worth more then $613 million dollars back in 00, and that was before her Drowned World Tour, Reinvention Tour, and The Confessions Tour. Some reports get their figures about $613 million. "On ABC’s 'Life Of Luxury' which aired on Dec. 13th 00 Madonna was named the richest female artist with an estimated fortune of $613,000,000.

The new "Guinness Book of Records" names U.S. pop star Madonna as the highest paid female singer in the world. Madonna reportedly earned about $50 million in 2004 alone, which became a new record for a female singer.

Side businesses and endorsements are another lucrative source of great income for Madonna, and with the star power, and magnitude of an artist of Madonna's caliber its worth to pay millions when you are being advertised by one of the best billboards in the world. Everyone knows that Madonna is the queen of endosement deals. Don't forget to count that along with her MadGuy Films, Boy Toy inc, Webo Girl, Siren Films, ****co inc, and Maverick films.

Maverick Records is the most successful "vanity label" in music history. While under Madonna's control it generated well over $1 billion for Warner Bros. Records, more money than any other recording artist's record label. She helped bankroll Alanis Morissette and Michelle Branch's careers.

Alvin Hall presenter of World's Most Powerful on BBC News chose Madonna as the World's Most Powerful celebrity followed by Oprah Winfrey.

Brave
1/19/2007, 7:30 AM
jesus!!! J.Lo @ #9!! <333

TRL Girl
1/19/2007, 8:22 AM
Yay Oprah!

Britney could have been so much richer if she would have kept working.

XTIANLOVESBRITNEY
1/19/2007, 9:01 AM
Britney Spears, 25, also makes the list, despite a relatively brief career that took off only in 1999 with the release of her hit single "...Baby One More Time." Her $100 million fortune was earned largely from music--she has sold over 75 million albums to date--but she has supplemented her income with a profitable line of perfumes and multimillion-dollar endorsement deals.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b296/xtianspears4/sgsd.png

TRL Girl
1/19/2007, 9:51 AM
That's a cute picture.

MusicfanReturns
1/19/2007, 11:10 AM
Those who believe this list need a reality check.
They even said they only named those in the news recently who have been active recently so that leaves off so many people like SHANIA TWAIN whose swiss financial reports her net wealth at 450 million. How about Cher? or Dolly Parton who owns Dolly Wood and is estimated at over 400 million.
And any list that has E entertainment connected to it is just another list that means nothing. They have no clue how much these woman make. Some keep everything private like a Shania who lives in Switzerland and some flaunt it like P diddy or Maddona or others and they want to be in the news.

TRL Girl
1/19/2007, 12:13 PM
I definitely believe the top 2 are accurate.

blackbeatxx
1/19/2007, 12:57 PM
btw, martha stewart is really entertaing...:rolleyes:

Music Man
1/19/2007, 3:58 PM
Those who believe this list need a reality check.
They even said they only named those in the news recently who have been active recently so that leaves off so many people like SHANIA TWAIN whose swiss financial reports her net wealth at 450 million. How about Cher? or Dolly Parton who owns Dolly Wood and is estimated at over 400 million.
And any list that has E entertainment connected to it is just another list that means nothing. They have no clue how much these woman make. Some keep everything private like a Shania who lives in Switzerland and some flaunt it like P diddy or Maddona or others and they want to be in the news.

LMAO poor guy, you're trying too hard. Do you we are not stupid and we all know Shania can't be richer than Madona, Celine and Mariah ?!!!

Anyways, I didn't know Celine was that rich !lool!

Mr.Hollywood
1/19/2007, 4:34 PM
Yeah Madonna and Oprah are definatly worth more than that. Like i said before on some thread, BBC estimated 2 billion. Which is probably too much, but i think thats closer than what these guys have reported.