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Oprah Earns $385 Million Per Year, Charlie Sheen Top Paid TV Actor

Oprah has once again topped a list of the highest-paid television stars on American television.

According to 'TV Guide's star salary figures, based on information from industry insiders, the talk show host earns a whopping $385 million a year. Here's a look at the complete list of big-money earners on TV:

TALK SHOW / REALITY TV
Oprah Winfrey ('Oprah Winfrey Show' + Harpo): $385 million
Simon Cowell ('American Idol'): $50 million
David Letterman ('Late Night'): $32 million
Ryan Seacrest ('American Idol' + Other): $29 million
Jay Leno ('Tonight Show'): $27 million
Katie Couric ('CBS News'): $15 million
Jon Stewart ('Daily Show'): $14 million

NETWORK PRIME TIME (all figures per episode, unless stated otherwise)
Miley Cyrus (photosMiley Cyrus photos) ('Hannah Montana'): $25 million per year
Charlie Sheen ('Two and a Half Men'): $825,000
William Petersen ('CSI'): $600,000
Kiefer Sutherland ('24'): $500,000
Mariska Hargitay ('Law & Order: SVU'): $400,000
'Simpsons' Voice Cast ('The Simpsons'): $400,000
Kyra Sedgwick ('The Closer'): $275,000

You can see how it compares with numbers from last year.

August 5, 2008 |

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