In the Middle of the economic downturn, some celebrities initially were not affected, but the number has dwindled over time. Here’s a group of people taking steps towards raking in the big bucks. The list ranks the top 20 ohighest paid stars. Here is the entire top 20 list.

Oprah Winfrey – $165 million , talk show host and philanthropist, you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook and official site. She is one of the most influential woman in the world.

Michael Bay – $160 million, film director and producer, His films include: Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys II,  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror, The Island, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, The Hitcher, Transformers, The Unborn, Friday the 13th, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, A Nightmare on Elm Street, I Am Number Four, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Hauntrepreneur.

Steven Spielberg – $130 million, film director and producer, His films include: The Last Gun, Fighter Squad, Escape to Nowhere, Firelight, Amblin’, Amblin’, Something Evil, The Sugarland Express, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, 1941, The Blues Brothers, Used Cars, Continental Divide, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Room 666, Fandango, Back to the Future, The Color Purple, The Goonies, Young Sherlock Holmes…

Jerry Bruckheimer – $115 million, film and television producer, best known television series are CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, Skin, Cold Case, CSI: NY, The Whole Truth, Chase, Justice… Some of his best known films include The Culpepper Cattle Co., Farewell, My Lovely, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, March or Die , Defiance, American Gigolo, Thief , Young Doctors in Love, Cat People, Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, Dangerous Minds, Gone in Sixty Seconds, Armageddon, Enemy of the State …

Dr. Dre – $110 million

Tyler Perry – $105 million

Howard Stern – $95 million

James Patterson – $94 million

George Lucas – $90 million

Simon Cowell – $90 million

Glenn Beck – $80 million

Elton John – $80 million

Tom Cruise – $75 million

Dick Wolf – $70 million

Rush Limbaugh – $69 million

Manny Pacquiao – $67 million

Dr. Phil McGraw – $64 million

Donald Trump – $63 million

Ryan Seacrest – $59 million

Britney Spears – $58 million

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