Winfrey tops celebrity power list

June 29th, 2010 - 2:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Oprah Winfrey Los Angeles, June 29 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has beaten pop singer Beyonce Knowles to top the Forbes magazine’s celebrity power list.
Winfrey earned $315 million from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010. But in deciphering celebrity “power”, the publication not only takes earnings into account but also fame, which it measures by calculating the number of times a personality is mentioned in print, TV, radio and social media, says a report.

That is why popular singer and fashion magnate Beyonce Knowles is second on the list with earnings of $87 million, while Oscar winner James Cameron is third with $210 million.

Pop singer Lady Gaga also makes the top five for the first time with an estimated $62 million and is fourth on the list. Tiger Woods has been placed fifth for a second time. The ace golfer earned $105 million during the year.

Winfrey retains the top spot on the list from Angelina Jolie, who slips to 18th spot with earnings of $20 million on the new Forbes countdown.

Other celebrities who has made it to the top 10 are pop star Britney Spears ($64 million), U2 band ($130 million), actress Sandra Bullock ($56 million), actor Johnny Depp ($75 million) and pop queen Madonna ($58 million).

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