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Highest-Paid Celebrities: Forbes List Ranks Oprah, Hollywood Directors Highest

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While Oprah's earnings took quite a tumble from last year, she still managed to come out on top of this year's celebrity earners. | AP

2011 was the year of the director, according to Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities list.

While Oprah took the top-earning slot, bringing in an estimated $165 million in the last year, she was followed by a slew of both "in-the-moment" directors and legendary standbys, like "Transformers" director Michael Bay and Steven Speilberg, who pulled in an estimated $160 million and $130 million respectively between May 2011 and May 2012. (Click over to Forbes for the full list)

The obscene amounts of cash that celebrities pull in don't just come from film, television and music projects. Many stars have endorsement contracts (some believable, some not), and some, like Britney Spears, oversee multi-million dollar product lines.

What we're really wondering is why Tom Cruise earned $75 million for another "Mission: Impossible" sequel.

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