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Forbes: Highest-Paid Celebrities 2012

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2. Michael Bay

$160 million

Bay nabs the title of top-earning director this year thanks to "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The 3-D film brought in $1.1 billion at the box office. Bay has a great deal on the films, taking a solid chunk of the profits. He also earns big from "Transformer" toys. Adding to Bay's coffers this year: a "Transformers" ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Bay has earned the right to finally do a small film. "Pain & Gain" has a budget well under $50 million.

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