Forbes 2011 list of 10 highest-paid men in entertainment

Slideshow posted in Photos | Tuesday, September 13, 2011

6 of 10: James Patterson, author of the book series 'Alex Cross' and Women's Murder Club,' earned $84 million between May 2010 and May 2011, according to Forbes' list.

Cowell left the FOX show in the spring of 2010. His new singing contest series 'The X Factor,' is set to debut on FOX on Sept. 21, 2011 and also features former 'American Idol' judge Paula Abdul. (Pictured: James Patterson appears in a publicity photo.) ( Photo / James Patterson)