oprah 324 Oprah Winfrey tops Britney Spears on Forbes list of highest paid women in Hollywood“The Oprah Winfrey Show” may be over, but Oprah Winfrey is still the highest-paid female entertainer according to Forbes.

In a recently published list that tracks female celebrity earnings between May 2011 and May 2012, Winfrey’s $165 million income included money still coming in from her former talk show (which continued to air in reruns at the start of the period surveyed).

Britney Spears was a distant second to Winfrey, with a relatively meager $58 million. That doesn’t include the $15 million payday Spears landed to join “The X Factor,” because the deal was signed after May 2012.

The majority of the names on Forbes’ top 10 are either pop stars who make money from tours and endorsement deals or the leading ladies of daytime TV who command top dollar in syndication.

The full list follows:

1) Oprah Winfrey – $165 million
2) Britney Spears – $58 million
3) Taylor Swift – $57 million
4) Ellen DeGeneres – $53 million
5) Rihanna – $53 million
6) Lady Gaga – $52 million
7) Jennifer Lopez – $52 million
8) Gisele Bundchen – $45 million
9) Katy Perry – $45 million
10) Judge Judy Sheindlin – $45 million

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