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19. Seth MacFarlane
Seth MacFarlane
Creator and Executive Producer, Family Guy
Age: 36
Marital status: Single
Highest Education: Bachelor's degree

Meet the highest-paid television writer and producer in history. Family Guy, the raunchy animated parody MacFarlane created a decade ago, is now a $1 billion franchise.

In year two of a $100 million-plus contract that keeps him at the network until 2012, MacFarlane is also shepherding a spinoff called The Cleveland Show, his third in primetime. And while Fox was waffling over his contract extension last year, he signed a deal with Google to produce online comedy sketches.

This year Family Guy earned an Emmy nod for a comedy series--the first animated show to do so since The Flintstones in 1961.

Hobby: Playing Cole Porter tunes on his piano.

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Last updated March 26 2010: 10:26 AM ET
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