Articles: Oprah Tops Richest Women List




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Billionnaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey sits atop Harris Poll's list of America's favorite TV personalities for the fifth consecutive year, and ranks No. 1 on Forbes magazine's inaugural list of "The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment."

Denzel Washington was named America's favorite movie star in the annual Harris Poll. On the TV side, the second place personality was Jon Stewart, and Bill O'Reilly at No. 3.

Oprah estimated $1.5 billion in amassed earnings throughout her career are perched atop Forbes' "20 Richest Women in Entertainment" list ahead of second place "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling with $1 billion, and homemaking maven Martha Stewart at No. 3 with $638 million.

To make the list, these working female megastars needed a minimum net worth of $45 million amassed over the course of their careers.

Forbes and E! Entertainment have teamed up for a one-hour TV special about the list, which premieres on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. ET.

Here is the first-ever list of Forbes' 20 Richest Women in Entertainment:

1) Oprah Winfrey  $1.5B
2) J.K. Rowling  $ 1B
3) Martha Stewart  $638M
4) Madonna  $325M
5) Celine Dion  $250M
6) Mariah Carey  $225M
7) Janet Jackson  $150M
8) Julia Roberts  $140M
9) Jennifer Lopez  $110M
10) Jennifer Aniston  $110M
11) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen  $100M
12) Britney Spears  $100M
13) Judge Judy (Sheindlin)  $ 95M
14) Sandra Bullock  $ 85M
15) Cameron Diaz  $ 75M
16) Gisele Bundchen  $ 70M
17) Ellen DeGeneres  $ 65M
18) Nicole Kidman  $ 60M
19) Christina Aguilera  $ 60M
20) Renee Zellweger  $ 45M

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