November 11, 2009
Simon Cowell is the highest-earning man on prime-time television, according to Forbes magazine. The American Idol judge beat out Donald Trump to claim the top spot after reportedly earning $75 million between June 2008 and June 2009. But Simon isn't the only star on American Idol with a big bank account, the show's host Ryan Seacrest came in third place. Two and Half Men's Charlie Sheen and The Office's Steve Carell rounded out the top five.