Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:45:00 GMT | By PTI

Madonna top earning celebrity: Forbes

Pop diva Madonna tops Forbes magazine's list of highest earning celebrities in 2013; director Steven Spielberg and author E L James grab the second and third positions respectively

Madonna top earning celebrity: Forbes (© AP)

Los Angeles: Madonna, whose recent album 'MDNA' being a commercial flop, has topped Forbes magazine's highest earning celebrities list for 2013.

The 'Material Girl' hitmaker was named number one in the annual rich list because her tour boosted her estimated earnings to USD 125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, reported Forbes magazine.

Ranking second on the list with USD 25 million less than Madonna, 53, is Steven Spielberg. The director earned an estimated USD 100 million between June 2011 and June 2012.

His vast library of classic films - including 'Jurassic Park' - have helped bring in the cash, while last year's 'Lincoln' brought in USD 275 million on a budget of USD 65 million.

Rounding off the list in joint third place, all with earnings of USD 95 million, were '50 Shades of Grey' author E L James, Howard Stern and media mogul Simon Cowell.

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