The 411 on the Forbes Celebrity Power List
The annual list of famous people who make more money and wield more power than the rest of us do -- as determined by Forbes magazine -- has been released.
In news that will surely restore the sense of balance and order to the universe, Oprah Winfrey has regained her status as the No. 1 most powerful bold-faced name atop Forbes's Celebrity 100 list, with earnings of $315 million during the past 12 months. She regains the top spot after being booted from it last year by Angelina Jolie, who scoots all the way down to No. 18 on the new list.
Rounding out the top five are: Beyonce Knowles at No. 2 (earnings: $87 million); James Cameron at No. 3, returning to the list after a decade-plus with $210 million, thanks to "Avatar"; the highest ranking newcomer on the list, Lady Gaga, at No. 4 with $62 million; and, despite the cheating and the sexting, Tiger Woods at No. 5 with $105 million.
In case you're wondering why some celebs rank below others who didn't vacuum up as much of our hard-earned cash, that's because Forbes determines its rankings based on other factors as well, including visibility in media of both the traditional and social variety. (Ah, now the Lady Gaga thing makes more sense!)
Other newbies on the list include Robert Pattinson (at No. 50), Kristen Stewart (No. 66), Conan O'Brien (No. 51) and Chelsea Handler (No. 98). Read the full rundown, then let the debate about who ranked where -- and the bellyaching about why the rest of us chose to travel down such flagrantly non-lucrative career paths -- begin in the comments.
| June 28, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
Categories: Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods
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