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February 5th, 2010 10:43am EST favorite Add to My News
Emma Watson & Daniel RadcliffeA new list from Vanity Fair includes the actors, directors, and producers who made the most money in 2009. "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" director Michael Bay topped the list with a staggering $125 million paycheck.

"Avatar" director James Cameron earned a mere $50 million, but figures are based on worlwide estimates up to Dec. 31. Since the film has grossed over $2 billion since then, it's likely his paycheck will double.

The higest paid actress? "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson ($30 million). The highest paid actor? Her co-star Daniel Radcliffe ($41 million). Their pal Rupert Grint did very well, too ($30 million).

Meanwhile, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" star Ben Stiller ($40 million) and "Funny People" star Adam Sandler ($31.5 million) continue to bring in the big bucks.

And you know how Nicolas Cage has been having all those money troubles lately? How is that possible after making $28 million in 2009?

See the top 40 Hollywood earners below:

1. Michael Bay: $125 million
2. Steven Spielberg: $85 million
3. Roland Emmerich: $70 million
4. James Cameron: $50 million
5. Todd Phillips: $44 million
6. Daniel Radcliffe: $41 million
7. Ben Stiller: $40 million
8. Tom Hanks: $36 million
9. J.J. Abrams: $36 million
10. Jerry Bruckheimer: $35.5 million
11. Tyler Perry: $32.5 million
12. Adam Sandler: $31.5 million
13. Denzel Washington: $31 million
14. Emma Watson: $30 million
15. Rupert Grint: $30 million
16. Owen Wilson: $29 million
17. Nicolas Cage: $28 million
18. Russell Crowe: $28 million
19. Cameron Diaz: $27 million
20. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard: $25.5 million
21. Johnny Depp: $25 million
22. Steve Carell: $25 million
23. Robert De Niro: $24.5 million
24. Sarah Jessica Parker: $24 million
25. Katherine Heigl: $24 million
26. Shawn Levy: $23 million
27. Oren Peli and Jason Blum: $22.5 million
28. Robert Downey Jr.: $22 million
29. George Clooney: $22 million
30. Matt Damon: $22 million
31. Reese Witherspoon: $21 million
32. Angelina Jolie: $21 million
33. Jennifer Aniston: $20 million
34. Sandra Bullock: $20 million
35. Robert Pattinson: $18 million
36. Clint Eastwood: $17 million
37. Kristen Stewart: $16 million
38. Mark Wahlberg: $16 million
39. Shia LaBeouf: $15 million
40. Brad Pitt: $13.5 million



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