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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 03/ 2/2010

Hollywood's most influential celebs?

By Liz Kelly

Queen of influence Oprah Winfrey. (AP Photo/Harpo Productions, Inc., George Burns)

On Monday, Forbes released its annual list of Hollywood's most influential celebrities. In shocking (shocking, I tell you) news, Oprah Winfrey tops the list (again?) thanks to her "diversified portfolio of media businesses and work in television, film, radio, magazine, Web and on stage, [that] has kept her highly visible for more than two decades."

Plus: "She's spawned a secondary industry of people who give advice, and if she wasn't as influential as she is these people wouldn't have the credibility that they do."

So, spawning Dr. Phil was a pro? Okay, fair enough. But what's the deal with the rest of the list?

The complete top 10:

1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Steven Spielberg
3. Dr. Mehmet Oz
4. Bono
5. Clint Eastwood
6. Martin Scorsese
7. Ron Howard
8. Rush Limbaugh
9. Russell Simmons
10. James Cameron

Scores were apparently based on research by an outside polling company that ranked 5,000 celebrities on 46 different personality attributes along with "likability and awareness metrics." The net result? A list that could be described as a) dominated by the AARP set or b) compiled in 1997 since not one name on the list has achieved his or her influence post 2000.

Where, pray tell, is "American Idol" frontman Simon Cowell, who almost single-handedly ushered in the era of reality TV? Or comedy goddess Tina Fey whose tenure on "SNL" and "30 Rock" changed the face of TV comedy? Or even Jay Leno, who apparently wields
enough influence to bend an entire TV network to his will? And is Rush Limbaugh really a "Hollywood" celebrity?

Who would you have left off or added to the list?

By Liz Kelly  | March 2, 2010; 12:42 PM ET
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Comments

Dr. Oz? Really?

Posted by: wadejg | March 2, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What about the Gotcha Betcha lady from Alaska? She's certainly wa-a-ay more Hollywood than Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: MDey | March 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

It's spelled Scorsese.

WTF is Russell Simmons?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 2, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Only one female? That's depressing.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Oz before Bono? In what universe? (Oh, right, the one that revolves around Planet Oprah. My bad.)

James Cameron? No offense to "Avatar" or that boat movie, but I'd put Anderson Cooper and George Clooney before him.

As for women, how about J.K. Rowling? And a few years ago I'd say Julia Roberts, Barbra Striesand and/or Britney Spears, but not now.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 2, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

i didn't think you could have a list like that these days without Moot on it.

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | March 2, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Only Bono. All the rest are either shilling for someone or themselves.

Posted by: Beach_Girl | March 2, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Why are all well-known people in the US considered "Hollywood"? Mainstream radio and print media - not tabloids - are not Hollywood. Politicians are not Hollywood. This is ever so annoying.
BTW, Russell Simmons is co-founder of Def Jam records, rich to the tune of >$300M.

Posted by: agog1 | March 2, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

You are right about Rush being influential, but I don't think he should qualify as a celebrity. Then why not Obama? Oprah as #1, you are right on.

Posted by: Guest1234 | March 2, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Depends on whom you are influencing. I could see Angie up there, based on her public campaign to adopt the entire 3rd world.

I think even Madge gets a piece of this, even tho I'm no Madge fan.

If you're going to use $ as a criterion, what about Warren Buffet? Is it because he's famous for being rich?

Also Donald Trump, but not in a good way.

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 2, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

But reddragon1, 'ho can sing....

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | March 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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