SimonCowellP_Grant_4501342.jpgGuess what? “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell made more money last year than Donald Trump.

Forbes released their list of the Top 10 Male Earners in Prime-time on Nov. 9. The contents may surprise you — some of the names certainly surprised us.

Simon Cowell is the Tyra Banks of prime-time television. He is #1 on the list (Tyra was #1 on the female side) with a whopping $75 million as his haul from last year. Since he just negotiated a deal to bring “The X Factor” to the U.S., we imagine he’ll occupy this spot next year as well.

Coming in second is real estate mogul and bad-hair-haver Donald Trump at $50 million. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is third with $38 million, though we think he’s earned every penny. Seacrest really has become the hardest working man in show business. Rounding out the top 5 are Charlie Sheen ($21 million) and Steve Carell ($20 million).

Here’s where the surprises come in. #6 on the list? Howie Mandel, at $15 million. Kiefer Sutherland is #7 at $13 million. Jeff Foxworthy is #8 with $11 million. I mean, we know he hosts “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader” but… really?

The final two spots are #9 Hugh Laurie with an even $10 million and a tie for tenth place between David Caruso and Patrick Dempsey at $9 million.

Interestingly, the women’s list total (not counting money twice for ties) is $102.2 million. The men’s list total is more than double, at $262 million. In fact, if you leave Tyra Banks off the list, Simon Cowell makes more than the rest of the women combined.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."