NEW YORK, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SpongeBob SquarePants, the fictitious,
animated sea sponge/fry cook, who lives at the bottom of the ocean, raked in
an impressive $1.5 billion last year, making him the top earner in PARADE
magazine's 22nd annual What People Earn salary survey. SpongeBob and the 10
other celebrities featured in this Sunday's issue made a whopping 227 times
more than the 120 regular folks who participated in the survey: $1.69 billion
vs. $7.45 million, respectively.
Peyton Manning's Indianapolis Colts didn't make it to the Super Bowl this
year. Nevertheless, the celebrated quarterback raked in $42 million bucks.
Biker Lance Armstrong brought home $19 million, and swimmer Michael Phelps
made a cool million. Jessica Sobolowski, a 28-year-old professional skier
from Cordova, Alaska, made $30,000.
Hollywood women can't complain. Angelina Jolie made $25 million last
year. Renee Zellweger made $21 million; Catherine Zeta-Jones, $18 million;
Lindsey Lohan, $10 million and Jessica Simpson, $4 million. Mary Ann Thomas,
a child-care provider from San Antonio, Tex., made $32,000 last year.
John Travolta had a $25 million cash flow in 2004. Mike Berniss, a
60-year-old airport screener from Bakersfield, Calif., earned $29,800.