With an estimated $100 million in 2012 income, “
The magazine's highly unscientific ranking did not include George Lucas because "he was not an active producer" during the survey period.
Given that the “
In the magazine's ranking of the top-earning women in show business released in August, Madonna was estimated to have made $125 million last year.
“X Factor” mogul
In fourth was crime novelist James Patterson, with $91 million in income, followed in fifth by talk show host and author
“Transformers” director Michael Bay took home about $82 million for sixth place, followed by “Pirates of the Caribbean” producer
In eighth was filmmaker and actor
The magazine says its rankings are generated by "estimates researched for our annual Celebrity 100 list. We talk to agents, producers, managers and other in-the-know folks to come up with estimates for entertainment-related earnings. We do not deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other expenses of being a celebrity."