NEW YORK
Reuters
She’s still the Material Girl. Pop diva Madonna 55, is the world’s top-earning celebrity, according to a Forbes list released on Monday, raking in an estimated $125 million (80 million pounds) in the past year, mainly from her $305 million-grossing MDNA tour, but helped by sales of clothing, fragrance and various investments. Director Steven Spielberg, who had a big hit last year with “Lincoln,” was a distant second with earnings of $100 million in the year ended June 2013, most of which came from his catalogue of past hits such as “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park,” which continue to bring in big bucks.
“Madonna’s success, at age 55, just goes to show the incredible power of a successful music career,” Forbes reporter Dorothy Pomerantz said, noting that 27-year-old pop singer Lady Gaga has often been said to be channelling Madonna’s four-decade-long career.
“The young star is certainly emulating Madonna when it come to raking in money,” Forbes said, with her $80 million in earnings largely from the singer’s “Born This Way Ball” world tour, placing Gaga 10th on the list. Forbes compiles its annual list of celebrity earnings using input from agents, managers, producers and others to calculate its estimates for each celebrity’s entertainment-related earnings.