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Elton John named top pop earner

Sir Elton John has been named the highest earning male pop star - making £63 million last year.

The 64-year-old Your Song star raked in more than music mogul Simon Cowell in 2010, thanks to his extensive back catalogue and a world tour that grossed £130 million, placing him fourth in the Forbes magazine list of the highest-paid men in entertainment.

US actor, director, screenwriter, producer and author Tyler Perry topped the list, earning £82 million.

The money was brought in from his TV shows, Meet The Browns and House Of Payne, his hit series of movies based around his drag character Madea and his upcoming acting role in I, Alex Cross.

Jerry Bruckheimer, who helps produce hit films and shows including CSI, was named the second highest-paid man in entertainment with £71 million, after the latest Pirates Of The Caribbean movie grossed £632.5 million at the box office.

Director Steven Spielberg was third with earnings of £67 million, partly thanks to his highly anticipated upcoming films War Horse and The Adventures Of Tintin.

X Factor's Simon Cowell rounded off the top five with £57 million.

At number eight is Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio, who has earned £48.7 million in the last year, thanks in part to the deal he struck with Christopher Nolan to star in his box office hit Inception, agreeing a share of the profits.

Outspoken US radio host Howard Stern also made the top ten with £48.1 million and Tiger Woods was the best-paid sports star with £47 million.

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