The 10 Highest-Paid Female Celebrities Of 2012

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One month after giving us the highest-paid celebrities, Forbes released its list of highest-paid women this morning.Since the highest-earning celebs are all men but two, we finally get a look at what other women make top dollar. 

Let’s just say it pays to be a pop star.

The list accounts for earning estimates from May 2011 to May 2012, and while most of the women won’t surprise, the woman who ranks all the way up at number two may come as a shock.

8. (TIE) Judge Judy Sheindlin: $45 million

No surprise here, after we revealed last month the syndicated court house judge currently earns the largest celebrity paycheck on television.

Sheindlin is also Forbes' 13th richest person in the world. Her show has been on the air for more than a decade, debuting in September 1996.

8. (TIE) Katy Perry: $45 million

Perry was just named Billboard's Woman of the Year after releasing the documentary 'Part of Me' and receiving her ninth number one single on the Billboard charts with 'Wide Awake.'

Currently, the singer is reportedly putting together a divorce party on … the same date when she married ex-husband Russell Brand: October 23.

We're not sure what that is, but it's been described as 'a day of doing what she loves with her favourite people.'

8. (TIE) Gisele Bundchen: $45 million

The former Victoria's Secret model is currently expecting her second child with the Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady.

Last year, Gisele was named the Greenest Celebrity at the Green Awards in London.

7. Jennifer Lopez: $52 million

The now ex-'American Idol' host has plenty keeping her busy with a new show for ABC Family on which she will guest star.

6. Lady Gaga: $52 million

In the past year, the singer has launched her own social media site, and non-profit Born This Way Foundation. She's currently working on a new album, 'Artpop,' which will be an interactive app.

After revealing she gained 25 pounds to radio host Elvis Duran, Lady Gaga showed off her new curvier body for all to see online, starting a Body Revolution.

4. (TIE) Rihanna: $53 million

The Barbados singer just released the single 'Diamonds' off her upcoming November album, and won the MTV Video Music Award for music video of the year with 'We Found Love.'

Rihanna opened up to Oprah about her previous relationship with Chris Brown in an exclusive interview back in August.

4. Ellen DeGeneres: $53 million

'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' celebrated its tenth season this fall, and the host rejoiced with an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.

Back in February, conservative group One Million mums wanted Ellen ousted after she was named the new spokesperson for JCPenney's rebranding.

3. Taylor Swift: $57 million

Before 'Gangnam Style' emerged, Swift was owning the airwaves, and still is for the most part, due to catchy 'We Are Never Getting Back Together.'

The singer will be releasing her fourth album, 'Red,' this fall.

2. Britney Spears: $58 million

With a $15 million paycheck for judging duties on 'The X Factor' and her latest album 'Femme Fatale' certified platinum, the Princess of Pop comes in second on Forbes' list.

1. Oprah: $165 million

Though Oprah's OWN ratings were looking down early in the year, the network has successfully begun turning around in part to Winfrey's injection of massive celebrity interviews during 'Oprah's Next Chapter' series on Sunday nights.

Things are looking even brighter for OWN now that the channel just secured an exclusive deal with Tyler Perry in which he will develop two new scripted series for the network.

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