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Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 6, 2011 at 10:03AM

Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are Forbes' two highest-earning women in entertainment, with $290 million $90 million, respectively. The rest of the top ten is varied but reminds that TV makes fortunes: Bethenny Frankel (reality star and Skinny Girl owner) - $55 million, supermodel Gisele Bundchen - $45 million, pop star Taylor Swift - $45 million, Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million, pop star Katy Perry - $44 million, pop star and new Academy member Beyonce Knowles - $35 million, and author Danielle Steel - $35 million.
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Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga are Forbes' two highest-earning women in entertainment, with $290 million $90 million, respectively. The rest of the top ten is varied but reminds that TV makes fortunes: Bethenny Frankel (reality star and Skinny Girl owner) - $55 million, supermodel Gisele Bundchen - $45 million, pop star Taylor Swift - $45 million, Ellen DeGeneres - $45 million, Judge Judy Sheindlin - $45 million, pop star Katy Perry - $44 million, pop star and new Academy member Beyonce Knowles - $35 million, and author Danielle Steel - $35 million.

Forbes has the details on how these women are raking in the cash. Here's last year's list. This year, Madonna, Britney Spears, Sandra Bullock and Miley Cyrus gave up their spots on the top ten.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.