She Works Hard for the Money
These females are more than just pretty faces, check out Tinseltown's 10 highest-earning women, according to Forbes.
Oprah built her own media empire with her own talk show, magazine, radio channel, Web site and network. She earned $315 million between 2009 and 2010, according to Forbes.
After girl group Destiny's Child disbanded in 2004, Beyonce pursued a solo career, and found loads of success. Forbes's estimates she earned $87 million between 2009 and 2010.
The teen pop sensation started out in the early 90s at the ripe age of 11 on the Mickey Mouse club. She re-emerged in the music industry in 1997 and has become one of the most famed international pop culture icons. She earned about $64 million between 2009 and 2010.
Known for her eccentric style and outlandish music videos, singer-songwriter Lady Gaga burst onto the music scene in 2008 and has pumped out three chart-topping albums. Her estimated earnings between 2009 and 2010 came in at $62 million.
Madonna has come a long way since her move from Michigan to New York City in 1977 to pursue a dance career. She’s found success as a recording artist, actress and entrepreneur. She has sold more than 300 million records worldwide, and is recognized by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female rock artist of the twentieth century. It’s estimated she earned $58 million between 2009 and 2010.
Bullock sits among the Hollywood elite and has become one of the highest grossing women in Hollywood. Her lengthy acting resume includes Speed (1994), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Miss Congeniality (2000) Crash (2004) and The Blind Side (2009), which won her an Academy Award. Between 2009 and 2010 she raked in an estimated $56 million.
Known for her quick wit and dancing skills, DeGeneres has multiple ventures including hosting her name-sake talk show and is a spokeswoman for CoverGirl, American Express and Vitamin Water. She recently announced she would be launching her own record label, eleneleven. She took home $55 million between 2009 and 2010.
Disney’s (NYSE:DIS) Hannah Montana star and recording artist has been growing up in front of our eyes, but there is nothing childish about her earnings. It’s estimated she made $48 million between 2009 and 2010.
Swift stormed the music scene in 2006 and topped the charts with her single 'Tim McGraw.’ She launched into super stardom in 2009 after becoming the first country artist to receive an MTV Video Music Award and became the most played artist on the radio. It is estimated she pulled in $45 million in 2009.
Former family court Judge Judith Sheindlin showed up in America's living room in 1996 and has since become part of the family. In 2010, her program became the most watched daytime show and she earned an estimated $45 million between 2009 and 2010.
Check out who’s taking home the biggest paychecks, according to Forbes.