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The Highest Paid TV Personalities
The Highest Paid TV Personalities

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

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