Are You Surprised? Rihanna Lands In Top 5 On ‘Forbes’ List of Highest-Paid Female Entertainers

October 3, 2012  |  


No shock here: Oprah Winfrey lands atop the Forbes list of “Hollywood’s Highest-Paid Women” banking $165 million. OWN is coming into its own with help from Iyanla Vanzant and more people have access to the station. All good things for “America’s only African-American billionaire.” (“Wow!” on that statement right there.)

What is surprising — at least to us — is Rihanna at number four with $53 million. The magazine attributes the showing to, naturally, her hit music including “We Found Love,” but also a rigorous touring schedule that took her to 85 shows, her perfume Reb’l Fleur and endorsement deals, among them Nivea and Vita Coco.

Has anyone smelled Rihanna’s perfume? I don’t even know that I’ve seen it in stores. The Vita Coco ads have been around, but if asked, I wouldn’t have remembered she did anything with Nivea. Actually, besides the music, I remember Rihanna most for her videos and her constant appearances on websites, red carpets and, now, her big Oprah interview. So much money was on that couch.

What’s crazy is that our writer Ann Brown reminded me that Rihanna sued her former accountants over the summer for breach of contract and negligence, alleging that they “squandered” millions of her dollars and got her audited. So she’s saying she should actually have more millions if not for their bad dealings.

Rihanna is tied on the list with Ellen DeGeneres, who is a spokesperson for Cover Girl and JC Penney, and has a hit daytime show. The two top names like Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry.

I’m amazed by the Rihanna news mostly because I thought maybe Nicki Minaj or Beyonce would be on the list. True, Beyonce was busy becoming a mom over the past year, which slowed her down a bit. But Nicki Minaj seems to be everywhere — in Pepsi ads, on awards shows, and on this video giving Mariah Carey the what for. Oh. Next year could be Nicki’s time now that she’s on American Idol and has a perfume of her own on the shelves.

Her fans are the ones that have taken Rihanna to the top of this list, and she has millions of them on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere else. So even if someone like me is a little out of the loop and missed a perfume here or an advertisement there, there are others adding to her bank account.

BTW, Judge Judy is on the list. Get a gavel and a bad attitude readers and maybe you can make it to Forbes next year.

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