Pop diva Madonna has topped the Forbes list of the world’s top earning celebrities.
The 55-year-old raked in an estimated 93 million euros in the past year, mainly from her MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments.
Movie director Stephen Spielberg came in second with earnings of 74 million euros, most of which was from his catalogue of past hits such as ‘E.T.’ and ‘Jurassic Park’, which continue to bring in big bucks.
E.L. James, the author of ’50 Shades of Grey’, made 71 million euros to tie in third place with US radio shock jock Howard Stern and the British music and television producer Simon Cowell.
Forbes compiles its annual list of celebrity earnings using input from agents, managers, producers and others to calculate estimates for each celebrity’s entertainment-related earnings. The figures do not reflect tax deductions, agent fees or “the other expenses of being a celebrity”.