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Posted at 6:27 PM ET, 06/28/2010

The 411 on the Forbes Celebrity Power List

By Jen Chaney

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.

These two women make more money than you. (AP)

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.

By Jen Chaney  | June 28, 2010; 6:27 PM ET
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Just another sign of how twisted our culture and civilization really is. Why must this group of people make so much money just like the sports athletes? We have teachers, firemen, police men, and now oil rescue cleaners making not even a fraction of that amount. This is shameful and not very STYLISH.

Posted by: dtroppy | June 29, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Agreed, dtroppy. I'd add that each of us has it within our power to control over how we spend our money and time on these highly-paid people. We just need to make up our minds to exercise this power consistently.

Yeah, yeah, I know: easier said than done sometimes.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 29, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

dtroppy - I don't think there's a value judgment being made by society as a whole. It's simply a matter of numbers. Most of us spend no money on any of the people on the list. But if several million people spend a few bucks each, it do add up.

Posted by: bobsewell | June 29, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

They're still going at it on yesterday's main post. Yikes.

Also, is there no morning mix today? I'm going through a bit of withdrawal at the moment.

Posted by: DorkusMaximus1 | June 29, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Dorkus, maybe we could each contribute something to our own "Morning Mix."

I'll start by contributing this photo of Cristiano Ronaldo's face looking like Angelina's when she'd apparently just been botoxed:
(Don't know how long this photo will be there, though)

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 29, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Apparently we're OBLIGATED to spend money on celebrities because we shouldn't judge them with our pocketbooks. Man, someone really released the crazies in that other topic: Race-baiters, loonies, political trolls, truthers, wackos for jackos, etc., etc. I nearly went over to Glen Beck's website just for a relative sanity check.

Posted by: MStreet1 | June 29, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Phil and Judge Judy are celebrities? Okay, Jennifer Aniston, if you insist, but..

And Lady G, while ranking a mere #62 in $, was #1 in both Web and Social ranking. You go, girl!

As for Tiger the Cheetah's presence, I was reminded of the old Eddie Murphy joke about him trying to buy a round for a table of mafiosi: "We're crime, kid, and crime don't pay."

Posted by: kabuki3 | June 29, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I nearly went over to Glen Beck's website just for a relative sanity check.


Posted by: Nosy_Parker | June 29, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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