Fifty Shades Of Grey writer E.L. James has been named the best paid author of 2013 ahead of industry veterans Stephen King, James Patterson and Dan Brown. The British writer has made a fortune from her 2011 erotic novel and its two sequels, which were originally written as fan fiction based on the Twilight teen vampire franchise.
She has now topped Forbes' magazine's list of the year's (13) best-paid authors with estimated earnings of $95 million (£63.3 million), which includes money from the sale of film rights as movie bosses prepare to adapt her books for the big screen.
James comes in ahead of veteran crime author Patterson, who is at number two with estimated pay of $91 million (£60.7 million) for the period between June, 2012 and June, 2013, and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins ($55 million/£36.7 million).
Danielle Steel is at number five on the list, ahead of Dan Brown at nine and Stephen King at 10.
Oprah Winfrey was the victim of racism during a recent trip to Switzerland when a retail assistant allegedly refused to serve her in an upmarket store - because she was black. Winfrey, who has earned $77 million (£51.3 million) since June last year (12) according to Forbes Magazine's new list of the highest paid TV personalities, was in the country for pal singer Tina Turner's wedding last month (Jul13) when a foolish and snooty shop assistant in Zurich failed to recognise her.
And when the media mogul asked to be shown a luxury purse, the saleswoman refused several times, claiming that it was too expensive for her.
Winfrey, who quietly left the store, tells Entertainment Tonight, "I was in Zurich the other day, for Tina Turner's wedding... (and I went by myself to) a store whose name I will not mention. I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear... But obviously The Oprah Winfrey Show is not shown in Zurich.
"I go into a store and I say to the woman, ‘Excuse me, could I see the bag right above your head?’ and she says to me, ‘No. It’s too expensive...' So I left the store... There's two different ways to handle it. I could've had the whole blow-up thing... but why do that? (Racism) still exists, of course it does."
Oprah is currently promoting her new movie The Butler, which chronicles America's civil rights battles and race riots.
Simon Cowell and U.S. shock jock Howard Stern have tied for the top spot on Forbes Magazine's new list of the highest paid TV personalities in America. The record label boss and TV talent show mogul made $95 million (£63.3 million) between June, 2012 and June, 2013, making him the joint number one earner on Forbes' list along with Stern, who works on Cowell's popular series America's Got Talent.
The pair's estimated earnings landed them tied in first place, ahead of conservative talk show host Glenn Beck with $90 million (£60 million), Oprah Winfrey with $77 million (£51.3 million), and her protege Dr. Phil McGraw with $72 million (£48 million).
Donald Trump, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres all feature in the top 10.
Angelina Jolie has shot to the top of Forbes magazine's new Highest-Paid Actresses in Hollywood list. Editors estimate that the beauty earned $33 million (£20.6 million) between June, 2012, and June, 2013, even though she hasn't appeared in a live-action film since 2010's The Tourist.
The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence ranks second on the list, earning an estimated $24 million (£16 million), and Kristen Stewart, who topped the countdown last year (12), drops to three.
Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone round out the new top five.
Last week (ends26Jul13), Robert Downey, Jr. was named the Highest-Paid Actor in Hollywood, raking in $75 million (£50 million).
Lady Gaga has beaten Justin Bieber to the top of a new Hollywood young stars poll. Forbes magazine editors have released their annual list of the top earning celebrities under 30, and Gaga comes in first place, earning $80 million (£53.3 million) between June, 2012 and June, 2013, ahead of the Baby hitmaker, who placed second with $58 million (£38.6 million).
Gaga also beats last year's (12) list-topper Taylor Swift, who came in third by raking in $55 million (£37 million), while Calvin Harris and Rihanna round out the top five.
Also making the 2013 top 10 list: Katy Perry, Adele, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.
Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr. has beaten Magic Mike star Channing Tatum to the top of a new Hollywood money men poll. Forbes magazine bosses have released their annual list of the highest-paid actors, and Downey, Jr. comes out on top thanks to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.
He raked in an estimated $75 million (£48.3 million) in the past year, while new dad Tatum took home $60 million (£38.7 million) to come in second, ahead of Hugh Jackman, who topped $55 million (£35.4 million), and Mark Wahlberg, who came in fourth with $52 million (£33.5 million).
Also making the 2013 top 10 list: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Adam Sandler, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and Liam Neeson.
Jerry Seinfeld has topped Forbes magazine's list of the highest-earning U.S. comics for a third consecutive year. The 59 year old earned $32 million (£20.6 million) in 2012 thanks to TV syndication royalties and his stand-up tour dates. America's Got Talent star Terry Fator was second ($24 million/£15.4 million), while Russell Peters came in third place ($21 million/£13.5 million).
Rapper 50 Cent has cut his son and ex-girlfriend out of his will following a vicious family feud. On Monday (08Jul13) reports emerged suggesting the Candy Shop hitmaker had disowned Marquise, his teenage son with Shaniqua Tompkins, via text after screen shots of their private phone conversation were leaked online.
During their chat, the hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, insinuated the 16 year old wasn't his rightful child by asking him to get a DNA test, before adding, "I will have nothing to do with you. Don't text me ever again... Delete my number."
A short while later he took to Twitter.com to announce he had adjusted his estate plan to exclude Marquise and his ex from his will, proclaiming he would leave the majority of his assets to the daughter of his tragic former manager, Tiffany Lighty, an aspiring filmmaker who recently starred in a Forbes magazine photo shoot with the Grammy winner.
He wrote, "I rewrote my will today now when I pass away all my physical property's and MOST of my money go's to charities and TIFFANY LIGHTY so when I'm done she can be 50cent (sic)".
Afterwards, the 38 year old used his social networking account to clarify reports suggesting the text messages had been intended for Marquise, insisting Tompkins had also been using the boy's phone to communicate with the rapper.
He tweeted, "That was his mother texting me as him.she sold that to a web site.she hate me for Winning, it's hard to replace me. Read the text carefully you will see what I'm saying (sic)."
50 Cent has had a rough few weeks - earlier this month (Jul13) he was charged with domestic violence after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, Daphne Joy. He was also dropped from the performance bill at an upcoming Major League Baseball event amid the controversy.
Singer Toby Keith has been named the highest-paid country act of 2013 in a new Forbes magazine poll. The Red Solo Cup hitmaker earned the top spot after raking in $65 million (£42 million) since June, 2012, according to editors at the finance magazine.
Keith amassed the sum thanks to the success of his last record, Hope on the Rocks, and its accompanying tour, as well as money grossed from his highly-popular U.S. restaurant chain, I Love This Bar & Grill, and his liquor range, Wild Shot.
Taylor Swift came in second place after taking in $55 million (£36 million) over the last 12 months thanks to her hit album Red, which shifted 1.2 million copies in its first week alone. She also has her own fragrance line and a number of endorsement deals with Sony, Diet Coke and Cover Girl.
Kenny Chesney was at three with $53 million (£34 million), Tim McGraw landed at four with $33 million (£21 million), and former American Idol star Carrie Underwood followed closely behind with $31 million (£20 million).
Other big moneymakers on the list included Brad Paisley, the Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts and George Strait.
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has topped a list of Hollywood's most powerful celebrities. The former talk show host, who now runs her own TV network, beat singer Lady Gaga to the top spot on Forbes magazine's 2013 Celebrity 100 list.
Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com says, "There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power. There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg... She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix."
Gaga was runner-up in the power countdown and Oscar-winning director Spielberg was third, followed by singers Madonna and Beyonce rounding out the top five.
Last year's (12) number one, Jennifer Lopez, fell to 12th place, and singer Taylor Swift was a newcomer at six.
Publication editors make their picks based on money earned and global fame.