Lucas, Spielberg top list of Hollywood's highest-paid men

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

George Lucas, who was smart enough to hold onto the merchandising rights to his Star Wars characters back in 1977 before anyone had an idea how much those Boba Fett action figures could rake in, topped Forbes' first list of Hollywood's highest-paid men. The magazine reported that Lucas' royalties from that early career move contributed to his earning an estimated $170 million.

Steven Spielberg came in second, earning $150 million between June 2008 and June 2009, thanks in part to the commercial success of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Jerry Bruckheimer was third with $100 million, due to the Pirates of the Caribbean films, as well as his TV hits, which include the CSI franchise, Without a Trace and Cold Case.

Harrison Ford, who cracked the whip for the fourth time as Indiana Jones last year, came in 11th with $65 million.

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