The unstoppable list-makers at Forbes.com have put together a rundown of the highest-paid TV personalities . . . for the year between June of 2012 and this past June.
It’s sort of an odd list, because a good chunk of the money that some of these people earned did NOT come from TV . . . but instead, from their other business ventures.
Oh, and here’s something else: Most of the Top 10 seem to come across as UNLIKEABLE JERKS, at least from a public perspective. So take that for what it’s worth.
At the top of the list, there’s a TIE between SIMON COWELL and HOWARD STERN . . . who both raked in $95 MILLION last year.
A good portion of Simon’s money comes from his ownership stake in “X Factor”, which has versions in 41 different countries. Plus, his “[Blank] Got Talent” series has become the biggest-selling television franchise in the world.
Speaking of “America’s Got Talent”, Stern makes around $15 million a season judging it . . . but obviously most of his money comes from his radio show.
Interestingly enough, GLENN BECK is THIRD, with an estimated $90 MILLION. He’s sort of a stretch as a “TV personality”, since he’s mostly an Internet presence these days. But he does have a deal with Dish Network to carry his content.
OPRAH . . . who had been a fixture at the top of this list for YEARS . . . is now sitting at #4, with $77 in earnings last year. Here’s the rest of the Top 10:
5. Phil McGraw, $72 million
6. Rush Limbaugh, $66 million
7. Donald Trump, $63 million
8. Ryan Seacrest, $61 million
9. Ellen DeGeneres, $56 million
10. “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, $47 million