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Oprah tops Forbes list Of Hollywood's highest-paid women

By Dorothy Pomerantz
Forbes.com

Although she's no longer on syndicated TV, Oprah Winfrey still seems to be everywhere. She's got three shows on her still struggling OWN Network, her face still graces the cover of every O magazine and she recently appeared on the cover of our Forbes 400 issue.

Now she tops our list of Hollywood's Highest-Paid Women. Winfrey, who has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion, earned an estimated $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012.

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And while her net worth will keep her on our 400 list for years to come, this might be one of the last years Winfrey tops our highest-paid list. She was still earning money from her syndicated show during our Celebrity 100 time frame which is what we use for this list. She has yet to take a salary at OWN so her sources of revenue are now the shows she produces through her Harpo production company (like Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray), her satellite radio station and her magazine.

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But don't cry for Winfrey, even though she'll earn less than $165 million next year, she'll still earn enough to keep her on the list, even if she's not at the top. Her nearest competitor, second place list member Britney Spears, earned an estimated $58 million between May 2011 and May 2012, $107 million less than Winfrey.

Television and music were the best ways for women to make our highest-paid list this year and Spears earns from both. As the newest judge on "The X Factor," Spears is earning praise for her tough criticism of early contestants but she hasn't helped the ratings. The show's premier earlier this month was down 32 percent from last year's premier.

Spears signed on to "The X Factor" for an estimated $15 million after our time frame so the $58 million she brought in is mostly from touring and album sales which are still lucrative for the 30-year-old pop star.

Our third ranked woman, Taylor Swift, also makes plenty of money off of touring. She earned an estimated $57 million between May 2011 and May 2012. At 22, Swift is the youngest woman on our list. The country music/pop crossover star has an amazing ability to churn out hits. Her two most recent singles, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "Safe & Sound" have both gone platinum.

Pop princess Rihanna ranks fourth just behind Swift  with $53 million. The Barbados-born singer debuted on our Celebrity 100 list this year in 4th place. The celebrity list measures a mix of money and fame which includes each star's presence in social media. Rihanna ranked second overall in social media thanks to her 26 million Twitter followers and 60 million Facebook fans.

Tying Rihanna for fourth place on our highest-paid list is Ellen DeGeneres who also earned $53 million between May 2011 and May 2012. With Oprah Winfrey off of daytime TV, DeGeneres is quickly becoming the most popular syndicated talk show host. Like Winfrey, DeGeneres is building her own roster of protege hosts with their own shows. She's started with Bethenny Frankel whose show had a six week test run this summer. DeGeneres is also one of the smartest business people around. JC Penney paid her a reported $20 million to be the fact of the company's new, hipper image.

Also on Forbes.com:
The Top-Paid Celebrities
The Best-Paid Actresses On Television
Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actors
Highest-Paid Celebrities Under 30