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Madonna, Like a Millionaire
Madonna has topped the Forbes list of highest-grossing celebrities in 2013. The “Material Girl” entertainer’s 12th studio album, MDNA,” sold just over 500,000 units, but her tour to support the album grossed $305 million. Combined with sales from merchandise, a fragrance and clothing line, and investments in companies like Vita Coco, the magazine estimates that Madonna, 55, earned $125 million between June 2012 and July 2013. Second on Forbes list was director Steven Spielberg with $100 million, and author E.L. James, radio host Howard Stern and music mogul Simon Cowell tied for third with $95 million.
Jon & Kate plus lawsuits
“Jon & Kate Plus 8” reality TV star Kate Gosselin, 38, filed a federal lawsuit Monday against ex-husband Jon Gosselin, accusing him of cybertheft. People reports that the lawsuit states that Jon, 36, stole Kate’s hard drive and hacked her phone and computer to access the material used in his book, “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.” The book was pulled from online retailer Amazon because of material illegally obtained.
Trump fights school suit
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Donald Trump for $40 million over the mogul’s online education company Trump University, and Trump is fighting back. Schneiderman says Trump University promised to make students rich but instead led them down a road of debt and deception. In a series of television interviews Monday, Trump slammed Schneiderman and the suit, according to the Associated Press. “This is a political hack looking to get publicity,” he said on “Good Morning America.” Trump also defended the school, saying: “We have a terrific school. It’s done a fantastic job.”
Hey, isn’t that. . .?
Rapper Wale spotted at The Hamilton for a late dinner Monday night. There were nine people in “The Gifted” rapper’s entourage. The crew feasted on firecracker rolls and sliders, with Sloop Betty vodka, fresh apple juice and an apple treat.
Actor Wendell Pierce had lunch at the Old Ebbitt Grill Monday. He wore a suit, and dined on the swordfish and a Stella. According to Pierce’s Twitter, “The Wire,” actor was in town to witness his friend Patrick Gaspard’s swearing-in as U.S. ambassador to South Africa.
I’m honored to attend the White House ceremony where my friend Patrick Gaspard is sworn in as the United States Ambassador to South Africa
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) August 26, 2013