8: Director and producer Michael Bay ("Transformers," "Pearl Harbor," "Armageddon") earned $82 million.
7: Glenn Beck earned $90 million
7: Political commentator and host of his own nationally syndicated radio program, Glenn Beck, earned $90 million.
6: Author James Patterson earned $91 million
6: Author James Patterson, widely known for his Alex Cross novels, earned $91 million. He's sold upwards of 260 million copies worldwide.
5: Howard Stern earned $95 million
5: Original "shock jock" and "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern earned $95 million. (That's about the same amount as #3 on this list.)
4: "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E. L. James earned $95 million
4: "Fifty Shades of Grey" author E. L. James earned $95 million. The movie adaptation of her bestselling book is currently in the works.
3: Simon Cowell earned an estimated $95 million
3: Simon Cowell, the acerbic judge on "The X Factor," ties for first place as the highest-paid personality on U.S. television with "America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern. Both earned an estimated $95 million.
2: Steven Spielberg earned $100 million
2: Business magnate and iconic movie director Steven Spielberg earned $100 million.
1: Madonna earned an estimated $125 million over the past year
1: Madonna is the world's top-earning celebrity, according to the latest ranking from Forbes. The pop star earned an estimated $125 million over the past year.