Cowell Is the Richest Man on TV

Music mogul Simon Cowell is the richest man on TV — he has earned a massive $75 million in the last year.

The American Idol judge, who helped created the hugely popular singing contest, also fronts U.K. shows The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, in addition to his role at record company Sony BMG.

Forbes magazine has now ranked him as the highest paid man on television, earning $75 million between June 2008 and June 2009.

Property tycoon Donald Trump was second on the list, earning $50 million from the Apprentice series, while American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is third with $38 million from his various TV and radio ventures.

The top five is rounded out by Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen with $21 million and The Office‘s Steve Carell with $20 million. 

24 star Kiefer Sutherland, British actor Hugh Laurie, and CSI: Miami‘s David Caruso were also featured in the top 10.

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