Angelina Jolie tops Forbes’ Celebrity 100 power list

June 4th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by ANI  

Angelina Jolie London, June 4 (ANI): Angelina Jolie has overthrown Oprah Winfrey by becoming the world’s most powerful celebrity in the annual list compiled by business magazine Forbes.

Oprah, the talk-show queen, topped the list for the previous two years and remained highest earner, making 275 million dollars in the past 12 months.

However, this year, Jolie, 34- the Hollywood actress, human rights campaigner and mother-of-six-has relegated Winfrey to second place.

Forbes’ Celebrity 100 power rankings are based on a combination of earning power and media exposure.

The ‘Tomb Raider’ star and partner Brad Pitt, are the most photographed couple in the world.

Jolie’s 27 million dollars earnings in the past year included a 14 million dollars magazine deal for exclusive rights to the first pictures of the couple’s twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, who were born in August.

Pitt, on the other hand, is ranked in ninth place, one spot behind his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

“In addition to nearly doubling her earnings in the past year, Angelina Jolie is the most famous star on the planet. She is in the dialogue of popular culture nearly every day - for her acting, for her relationship with Brad Pitt, for her children and for her philanthropic endeavours. All of this exposure leads to an extremely powerful celebrity brand,” The Telegraph quoted Forbes as saying.

Madonna occupies the third spot, not only because of her world tour, but also her high profile divorce from Guy Ritchie and her thwarted attempt to adopt a second child from Malawi.

At the fourth spot in the list is Beyonce, the US singer.

Tiger Woods is the highest ranked male celebrity, in fifth place, as the golfer remains the highest-paid sports star in the world, according to the magazine.

And Bruce Springsteen, who will headline the Glastonbury Festival later this month, director Steven Spielberg and basketball player Kobe Bryant complete the top 10.

After her much-publicised multiple breakdowns last year, Britney Spears has occupied the 13th spot in the list this year, thanks to her new album and her ‘Circus’ tour.

While Tom Cruise stays at 20th position, George Clooney stayed at 48 in the list.

Footballer David Beckham and teen sensation Miley Cyrus occupy the 28th and 29th spot respectively.

US President Barack Obama is the first sitting head of state to appear on the list, which has been published annually since 1999.

Here is the list of the 100 most powerful celebrities of 2009:

Rank and name pay in million dollars:

1 Angelina Jolie 272 Oprah Winfrey 2753 Madonna 1104 Beyonce Knowles 875 Tiger Woods 1106 Bruce Springsteen 707 Steven Spielberg 1508 Jennifer Aniston 259 Brad Pitt 2810 Kobe Bryant 4511 Will Smith 4512 Dr. Phil McGraw 8013 Britney Spears 3514 David Letterman 4515 Coldplay 7016 Adam Sandler 5517 Harrison Ford 6518 Michael Jordan 4519 LeBron James 4020 Tom Cruise 3321 Bon Jovi 5022 Donald Trump 5023 Rush Limbaugh 5424 George Lucas 17025 Simon Cowell 7526 Stephenie Meyer 5027 Roger Federer 3328 David Beckham 4229 Miley Cyrus 2530 Tyler Perry 7531 Kenny Chesney 6532 Jay-Z 3533 Clint Eastwood 3534 Howard Stern 7035 Sean Combs 3036 Phil Mickelson 4037 Jerry Seinfeld 8538 Dave Matthews Band 6539 Tom Hanks 3540 Ellen DeGeneres 3541 Eddie Murphy 4042 Rascal Flatts 6043 Jay Leno 3244 Ryan Seacrest 3845 Nicolas Cage 4046 Kanye West 2547 AC/DC 6048 George Clooney 2549 Barack Obama 250 50 Cent 2051 Brian Grazer/Ron Howard 4552 Kimi Raikkonen 4553 Jerry Bruckheimer 10054 Chris Rock 4255 Ronaldinho 3056 Jim Carrey 3057 Manny Pacquiao 4058 Sarah Jessica Parker 2759 Toby Keith 5260 Jonas Brothers 2561 James Patterson 6062 Kevin Garnett 3063 Jeff Gordon 3064 Meryl Streep 2465 Larry David 5566 Derek Jeter 3067 Serena Williams 1768 Stephen King 3069 Taylor Swift 1870 Daniel Radcliffe 2571 Reese Witherspoon 1572 Gisele Bundchen 2573 Cameron Diaz 2074 Nicole Kidman 975 Carrie Underwood 1476 Maria Sharapova 2277 Venus Williams 1578 Heidi Klum 1679 Rachael Ray 1580 David Copperfield 3081 Glenn Beck 2382 Katherine Heigl 1883 Jon Stewart 1484 Jeff Dunham 3085 Anne Hathaway 786 Tina Fey 787 Drew Barrymore 1288 Charlie Sheen 2189 Eva Longoria Parker 990 Ana Ivanovic 1091 Alec Baldwin 892 Sandra Bullock 1793 Steve Carell 2094 Hugh Laurie 1095 Wolfgang Puck 1896 Penn & Teller 2097 Kate Moss 898 Mariska Hargitay 899 Jennifer Love Hewitt 6100 Danica Patrick 7 (ANI)

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