Madonna Tops Forbes 2013 List Of The Top-earning Celebrities

The singer’s next album, 1994’s “Bedtime Stories,” continued her sexual track. 22. Marriage to Sean Penn Aug. 16, 1985 Madonna upped the ante as a tabloid fixture by marrying Hollywood bad boy Sean Penn. She dedicated her third album, “True Blue,” to the actor, but the pair divorced in January 1989. 21. Lady Gaga is “reductive” Jan. 12, 2012 Lady Gaga fueled Madonna comparisons from the first moment she hit the big leagues, and the original Material Girl did not shy away from making her feelings on the similarities known. During a January 2012 interview with ABC News, Madonna called Lady Gaga “reductive” and then told the world to “look it up.” She later crooned out a few bars of Gaga’s “Born This Way” at the close of the similar-sounding “Express Yourself” on the “MDNA” Tour. 20. “I’d rather kill myself than be Mariah Carey” Diva feuds are the best, and Madonna made clear that there is explicit animosity between her and Mariah Carey. 19. “What It Feels Like For A Girl” video banned April 2001 The hyper-violent video for “What It Feels Like For A Girl,” which tells the story of an abused woman seeking vengeance, was banned from MTV and VH1.

The closest she came to $125 million was in 2009 when she earned $110 million. Madonnas success, at age 55, just goes to show the incredible power of a successful music career. Many have accused Lady Gaga of copying Madonnas career. The young star is certainly emulating Madonna when it come to raking in money. Gaga ranks 10th on our list of highest-paid celebrities with $80 million in earnings. She would have brought in even more than that if her tour hadnt been cut short by a hip injury. Her latest single, Applause, was overshadowed last week by Katy Perry s latest, Roar. But Gaga can comfort herself with the knowledge that last year at least, she earned a lot more money than Perry, who brought in an estimated $39 million. To compile our list, we talked to agents, managers, producers and other in-the-know folks to come up with estimates for each celebritys entertainment-related earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, the time frame for our Celebrity 100 list. We do not deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other expenses of being a celebrity. Ranking second on our list with $25 million less than Madonna is Steven Spielberg . The director earned an estimated $100 million between June 2011 and June 2012. Most of that money comes from his extensive library. Hit movies like E.T. and Jurassic Park are always playing on TV somewhere in the world. Last years Lincoln was a critical and financial hit earning $275 million on a budget of $65 million.