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Forbes: Highest-Paid Celebrities 2012

1. Oprah Winfrey

$165 million

The media mogul's earnings fell by a staggering $125 million from last year. However, even with the drop, she remains the highest earner on the list, just inching out director Michael Bay. It's been a challenging year for Winfrey, who signed off from her 25-year syndicated show and immediately turned her attention to struggling cable network OWN. The bulk of the earnings dive comes from lost income on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," but her diversified portfolio includes O: The Oprah Magazine, spin-off shows like "The Dr. Oz Show" and a radio deal with Sirius. She does not earn a salary at OWN, which has faced ratings disappointments and financial issues since it premiered in Jan. 2011. As chairman and CEO of the joint venture with Discovery Communications, she hopes a recent restructuring, new programming and a distribution deal with Comcast will turn the network around.

(Blue Wasp/Splash News/Newscom)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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