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Madonna appears at the Epix World Premiere of Madonna: the MDNA Tour on June 18, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Kristina Bumphrey/Startraksphoto.com

Madonna tops Forbes 2013 list of highest-paid celebrities

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08/26/2013 by Kristina Lopez

After more than two decades in the music industry, Madonna is proving that she still has a lot of earning power.

It was announced on Monday, Aug. 26, that the 55-year-old singer and actress topped Forbes list of highest-paid celebrities of 2013. She beat out big Hollywood names like Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer and Lady Gaga for the title.

The report notes that while Madonna's latest album, "MDNA," failed to sell as much as her previous albums, the singer earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013 due to her tour and other business ventures.

Check out some of the celebrities named on Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities below.

1. Madonna - $125 million

According to Forbes' estimates, the music legend's "MDNA" tour grossed $305 million and she also earned money from merchandise sales and from her investments in companies like Vita Coco, the coconut water company which once had Rihanna as a spokesperson.

2. Steven Spielberg - $100 million

The magazine states that much of Spielberg's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 comes from his previous films like "E.T." and "Jurassic Park." Spielberg's most recent film, "Lincoln," earned $275 million worldwide at the box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

3. (TIE) Simon Cowell / E.L. James / Howard Stern - $95 million

Cowell is earning a lot of money from "The X Factor" and "Got Talent" shows. His television production company with Sony Music Entertainment, Syco Entertainment, has produced versions of those shows of all over the world.

James is still earning money for her "Fifty Shades" trilogy. A movie based on the first book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," is currently in the works.

Stern earned his fortune from, in part, his contract with Sirius/XM for his radio show and his turn as a judge on "America's Got Talent."

4. James Patterson - $91 million

The 66-year-old author earned approximately $91 million from his novels like the "Alex Cross" series, which have also spawned several film adaptations.

5. Glenn Beck - $90 million

The former television personality has turned his website, TheBlaze, into a successful network with several shows availble for streaming through a subscription and on the Dish Network.

6. Michael Bay - $82 million

The "Transformers" and "Armageddon" director made approximately $82 million between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes. However, his recent film, "Pain & Gain," failed to become a massive hit with audiences, earning just $50 million during its box office run, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

7. (TIE) Jerry Bruckheimer / Lady Gaga - $80 million

Bruckheimer, who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in June, has produced dozens of hit films including the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and hit shows like the "CSI" franchise.

At 27, Lady Gaga earned $80 million from June 2012 to June 2013, due in part to her Born This Way Tour. The magazine notes that Gaga likely would have earned more if she did not have to cut the tour short due to her hip injury.

8. Tyler Perry / Tiger Woods - $78 million

Perry created two original series for OWN, "Love Thy Neighbor" and "The Haves and the Have Nots," which both debuted in May to high ratings for the network.

Meanwhile, Woods doubled his prize money from golf tournaments, according to the magazine, and he has also made money from endorsement deals with Nike and Rolex.

9. Oprah Winfrey - $77 million

Winfrey, who recently returned to acting in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," was able to turn OWN into a success over the past year.

10. Robert Downey Jr. - $75 million

Forbes notes Downey is the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, due to his involvement with the "Iron Man" and "Avengers" franchises.

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