You’ll Never Guess Who Is Forbes’s Highest Earning Celebrity!
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You’ll Never Guess Who Is Forbes’s Highest Earning Celebrity!

Stardom and fame go hand in hand, so making it to the top of the Forbes’s list for the highest earning celebrity is quite the feat especially these days with TV actors making $150,000 an episode (not that you don’t deserve it, Peter Dinklage!). Personally, it’s hard for us to visualize anything past $1 million and even then we just flash to a mental image of Scrooge McDuck’s vault…

You’ll Never Guess Who Is Forbes’s Highest Earning Celebrity!
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So who took this year’s title? No, it wasn’t Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry. The artist on the top of this list was the original Material Girl: Madonna.

You read right. The woman whose latest album, MDNA, sold fewer than 1 million copies in the US earned more money than any other celebrity between June 2012 and June 2013, according to Forbes.

The reason she topped this chart? Because the tour behind MDNA was, and we quote, “a spectacular success” grossing $305 million and earning Madonna the Top Touring Award at the Billboard Music Awards. Plus, she dabbles in fashion, fragrance, and other well-paying investments.

The result: Madonna made an estimated $125 million in 12 months.

Not only is that the most of any celebrity for the past year, it’s the most she’s ever earned since Forbes started doing its Celebrity 100 list. Way to keep that lucky star shining bright, Madge!

Source: Forbes

08.27.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Elisabeth Kramer
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