Madonna tops celebrity money list, despite album flop

Madonna is the highest earning celebrity in 2013 so far, according to a Forbes magazine poll. Photo / AP
Madonna is the highest earning celebrity in 2013 so far, according to a Forbes magazine poll. Photo / AP

Madonna has topped Forbes magazine's list of Highest Earning Celebrities for 2013.

The Material Girl hitmaker was named number one in the annual rich list despite her most recent album MDNA being a commercial flop - with sales of under one million - because her accompanying tour boosted her estimated earnings to $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

Fans paid upwards of $100 a ticket to see the singer on the tour - which grossed $305 million - and Madonna also made big earnings from merchandise sales, a clothing line, fragrance and investments in companies like Vita Coco.

Director Steven Spielberg ranked second in the list with estimated earnings of $100 million.

His vast library of classic films - including Jurassic Park - have helped bring in the cash, while last year's Lincoln brought in $275 million on a budget of $65 million.

Rounding off the list in joint third place - all with earnings of $95 million - were '50 Shades of Grey' author E.L. James, Howard Stern and Simon Cowell.

The X Factor boss and America's Got Talent host were also recently named the highest-paid TV personalities in America by Forbes magazine.

- Bang! Showbiz

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