The men of Hollywood still out earn the women, in front of, and behind the camera.
Men also have an advantage of a longer career, with more longevity. Forbes quoted Robert Thompson, the founding director of the Center of Television and Popular culture at Syracuse University, as saying, “Men playing romantic leads into their 60s are not all all uncommon. Thant’s not so much the case with women. Every now and again, a juicy Meryl Streep role will come along, but the good roles have tended to include a much smaller age span for women than they do for men.”
Experts agree that the discrepancy may be event greater in the director’s chair. There no no women among the six directors in the best paid celebrity list, according to Forbes (forbes.com).
The collective earnings on list of the 25 top-earning men is $1.9 billion, compared to the women’s list of $67.1 million.
Forbes compiled their list of the highest paid entertainers over the course of 2006,t hey used the Forbes Celebrity 100 List, which rank the most powerful actors, authors and directors.
Following are the men on Forbes list of “Best Paid Men in Entertainment”:
Steven Spielberg. $332 million The sale of DreamWorks SKG’s live actions business to Paramount earned megabucks for the director. Current projects include include: Disturia, Transformer and fourth installments of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.
Howard Stern, $302 million. The “King of Talk” is raking in big bucks with Sirius Satellite Radio. Pay is $100 million a year plus bonuses.
George Lucas. $235 million. Residuals from the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises still paying ff. A Fourth installment of the Indiana Jones franchise is in the works.
Jerry Seinfield. $100 million. Seinfield has been off the air for nearly a decade, but syndication is still paying big bucks. Seinfield will star in an animated DreamWorks movie called Bee Movie, that he also wrote and produced.
Dan Brown. $88 million. The adaptation of his controversial fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code, grossed nearly $800 worldwide. Another novel, Angels & Demons is currently in development at Sony.
Jerry Bruckheimer. $84 million. Pirates of the Caribbeans global box office was over $1 billion. The third installment of the movie series, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, will be coming out in May.
Dick Wolf. $70 million. Law and Order has been on the air for 17 seasons, and has spawned several spin offs, but it’s renewal is not certain. Special Victims Unit has been picked up, but the original series and the Criminal Intent spin off are uncertain.
Tom Cruise. $67 million. His marriage and behavior has been fodder for the tabloids this year, but he hasn’t made a movie since being cut form Viacom last summer. Later this year Cruise will make a comeback in Lions for Lambs costarring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Redford is the director .
Andrew Lloyd Webber. $56 million. Musical impresario composes hit musicals. He has been working on a sequel to Phantom of the Opera.
Bruce Springsteen. $55 million. A new CD and DVD of his fall 2006 Seeger Sessions Band Tour of Europe will be released later this spring.
Dr. Phil McGraw. $45 million. Oprah Winfrey launched the talk show psychologist into a syndicated talk show.
Donald Trump. $44 million. Real Estate tycoon’s reality show “The Apprentice” recently completed its sixth season.
Simon Cowell. $43 million. American Idol host.
50 Cent. $41 million. Rapper with a lucrative record label.
David Letterman. $40 million. Late nigher talk show host.
Paul McCartney. $40 million. Musician made famous with The Beatles has made headlines late with high profile divorce form Heather Mills.
Peter Jackson. $39 million. Hollywood Director of King Kong and Lord of the Rings.He will no loner be involved with Lord of the Rings but is moving on the Lovely Bones.
Denzel Washington. $38 million. One of Hollywood;s most bankable stars.
Neil Diamond.$35 million. Singer’s music still charms fans.
Elton John. $34 million. Flamboyant English singer.
Ray Romano. $34 million. Star of “Everybody Loves Raymond”, now off the air but earing in syndication.
Jay Leno. $32 million. King of Late night.
Rush Limbaugh. $30 million
Rod Stewart. $30 million.
Johnny Depp. $29 million.
For the complete story see Forbes Magazine (forbes.com)