‘Forbes’ Lists Oprah, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift as Hollywood’s Highest Paid Women

Oprah Winfrey continues to OWN the Forbes top slot.

Winfrey yet again leads Forbes’ 2012 list of Hollywood’s highest-paid females, earning an estimated $165 million between May 2011 and May 2012. Though her syndicated daytime talker, The Oprah Winfrey Show, faded to black last May after 25 years, the media mogul — who has a net worth of about $2.7 billion — has seen some serious cash flow in from her OWN network and O magazine.

Britney Spears falls far behind in the No. 2 spot, scoring a measly-by-comparison $58 million in a year’s time. The X Factor judge just barely narrowed out country crooner Taylor Swift, who rank third with a bottom line of $57 million.

What other chart toppers and small-screen successes made the Forbes cut?

Fourth place proved to be a tie, with Grammy Award-winning artist Rihanna and daytime TV host Ellen DeGeneres both pulling in $53 million. The “Diamonds” singer debuted at fourth place on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 this year, which credited her success to her far-reaching social media presence — Rihanna has 26 million Twitter followers and 60 million Facebook fans.

DeGeneres, on the other hand, is gaining prominence as the most popular talk show host in Winfrey’s absence. And a chunk of her earnings comes from brand endorsements: J.C. Penney reportedly paid DeGeneres $20 million to serve as a spokeswoman.

Pop icon Lady Gaga — who raked in big bucks through her Born This Way album and tour — and singer-actress-entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez were on par for the fifth slot, each earning $52 million.

Rounding out the list is supermodel Gisele Bundchen, Katy Perry and Judge Judy Sheindlin, who all raked in $45 million in just 12 months time. The Brazilian model brings home the bacon through profitable gig for Pantene, Espirit and Versace.

With the smashing success of her Teenage Dream album, Perry became the first-ever female artist to have five No. 1 singles from the same record (a feat only achieved by Michael Jackson before her). On the heels of that album, Perry continued to churn out moneymaking ventures, such at her California Dreams Tour and Part of Me docu-movie.

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