1. Curtis (50 cent) Jackson
Earnings: $150 million
Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, earned the rank of highest earner thanks to some very savvy investing. Jackson's stake in VitaminWater earned him nine figures when Coca-Cola bought the brand in 2007. The G-Unit line of clothing and the G-Unit record label that he started with his manager Sha Money XL in 2003 also bolsters his bottom line. A signature scent is reportedly in the works.
Earnings: $80 million
Beyoncé has one of the most valuable personal brands today. As a performer, she garnered $50 million in ticket sales in 2007 and sold over 3 million copies of B'Day. As an actress, she was in the holiday sensation Dreamgirls, which earned $154 million worldwide. As a designer, her label House of Deréon had wholesale sales over $10 million last year.
3. Justin Timberlake
Earnings: $44 million
Timberlake went from Mickey Mouse Club kiddie crooner to fuzzy-haired boy band babe to an adult powerhouse. Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveShow tour grossed $127 million in 2007 and reached millions of living rooms with an HBO special. Non-musical ventures include the William Rast clothing line, the BBQ restaurant Southern Hospitality in New York City and record label Tennman Records.
4. Kanye West
Earnings: $30 million
This controversial and award-winning rapper knows more than just music. Kanye West is reportedly working on a pilot for a Larry Charles television series, has plans to release his own clothing line Pastelle and runs his own music label, G.O.O.D. Music, which includes John Legend and Common on its roster. As well, his KW Foods owns the Chicago rights to the Fatburger chain of restaurants with plans to open 10 locations.
5. Tyra Banks
Earnings: $23 million
Tyra Banks is a model turned talk show host, reality television star and actress. Now in its 11th cycle, Banks' America's Next Top Model and The Tyra Banks Show has kept the host earning in the spotlight. She still models, though, as she appeared in Harper's Bazaar earlier this year in a Michelle Obama spread.
6. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
Earnings: $15 million
The original tween queens, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were the first young stars to tap into the retail power of young girls with their licensed line in Wal-Mart that ended earlier this year after nine years on the shelves. The actresses have now parlayed their fame and talents into creating adult fashion lines--and celebutante favorites--The Row and Elizabeth and James. Their coffee table book Influence will hit shelves on Oct. 28.
7. Avril Lavigne
Earnings: $13 million
Avril Lavigne, the Canadian punk songster, has expanded her range to include acting and fashion designing. She appeared in 2006's Fast Food Nation and will appear on-screen again in this fall's The Flock alongside Richard Gere and Claire Danes. Abbey Dawn, her clothing line for Kohl's department stores, debuted in July.
9. Pete Wentz
Earnings: $8 million
The husband of Ashlee Simpson and father-to-be is known as much for his role in Fall Out Boy as he is for his business acumen. Wentz leads the Decaydance record label, has a stake in the New York City nightclub Angels & Kings and shills his Clandestine Industries clothing line in Nordstrom stores. The next Fall Out Boy album is scheduled for release this November.
9. Jessica Simpson
Earnings: $6 million
Despite some less-than-stellar career moves and high-profile romances, Jessica Simpson's bottom line has remained high thanks to a steady film career and a successful line of accessories, which grosses about $300 million a year. She released Do You Know, her first attempt at a country album, last September.
10. Hilary Duff
Earnings: $5 million
Hilary Duff entered the radar as the title role in Disney's successful series Lizzie McGuire. Since then, she has released three studio albums, appeared in many major films and debuted a fashion and home line Stuff by Hilary Duff and the Elizabeth Arden fragrance With Love...Hilary Duff, which matched the leading single off of Duff's 2007 album Dignity.