Who made the most money in Hollywood in 2009?
James Cameron, who wrote and directed the record-breaking, $2.7 billion-grossing "Avatar," reportedly made $50 million last year for his efforts, while author Stephenie Meyer earned the same pay for her "The Twilight Saga" franchise.
The book series has been spun off into a variety of merchandise as well as the rabidly popular film series, which in 2009 welcomed "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" ($700 million worldwide) into theaters and "Twilight" onto DVD.
Also bringing home the big bucks on Parade's list was Tiger Woods with $110 million from his winnings and endorsements, despite the scandal that plagued him during the end of the year.
TV hosts, such as Jay Leno ($32 million) and Ellen DeGeneres ($35 million) did well for themselves, as did musicians such as past MTV Video Music Awards head-butters Kanye West ($25 million) and Taylor Swift ($17.2 milllion).
Another MTV star, however, barely earned enough to fund her famous hairstyle. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" reportedly earned $2,200 in 2009 – for just $200 an episode. However, the reality star is doing better already in 2010, earning appearance fees at clubs along with the rest of the cast, as well as a reported raise to $10,000 an episode for this summer's second season of the hit show.
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