Madonna top-earning celebrity, trumping Spielberg, Winfrey: Forbes
NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - She's still the Material Girl.
Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated US$125 million (S$160 million) in the past year, mainly from her US$305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments.
Director Steven Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with Lincoln, was a distant second with earnings of US$100 million in the year ended June 2013, most of which came from his catalogue of past hits such as E.T. and Jurassic Park, which continue to bring in big bucks.
"Madonna's success, at age 55, just goes to show the incredible power of a successful music career," Forbes reporter Dorothy Pomerantz said, noting that 27-year-old pop singer Lady Gaga has often been said to be channelling Madonna's four-decade-long career.