Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Forbes 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list crowns Oprah Winfrey at No. 1
Queen of Daytime regains top ranking, besting Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, Beyonce and Madonna.[Censored] Comments (7) By Ethan Sacks June 26, 2013, 11:36 A.M. New York Daily News LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during O You! presented by O, The Oprah Magazine, held at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ben Rose/WireImage) " Oprah Winfrey finished in the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ 2013 Most Powerful Celebrities list. The former Queen of Daytime has regained her rightful throne.
Oprah Winfrey topped Forbes’ 2013 list of the Most Powerful Celebrities after having slipped to second place the past two years. Lady Gaga finished in second place courtesy of a strong social media presence and $80 million in estimated earnings. (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) RELATED: UNEMPLOYED TEBOW STILL INFLUENTIAL: FORBES
Finishing in second place was Lady Gaga, powered by $80 million in income and a high social media score. Director Steven Spielberg finished third, buoyed by all the media attention for his latest movie, “Lincoln.” Beyonce took fourth place, 28 spots ahead of her husband, Jay-Z. Seven Spielberg, the No. 3 most powerful celebrity according to Forbes, didn’t win an Academy Award for ‘Lincoln,’ but did come away with plenty of positive press. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Madonna [Ciccone] finished fifth, but can console herself with the $125 million she earned between June 2012 and June 2013, easily the highest among the celebrities on the list.
RELATED: OPRAH, BEYONCE LEAD CELEBS IN FORBES' MOST POWERFUL WOMEN LIST Beyonce [Knowles] (No. 4), finished 28 slots above husband Jay-Z on the list. (Yosra El-Essawy/Yosra El-Essawy/Invision/AP)
The Forbes list, however, uses more than just celebrities’ earnings. According to the magazine, the rankings are based on an algorithm measuring “fame” — and includes mentions in print and on television, their Internet presence, social networking presence and their marketability with the American public.
Taylor Swift (No. 6) and Justin Bieber (No. 9) cracked the top 10 based largely on their social media domination and inability to stay out of the glossy gossip magazines. Madonna [Ciccone] (No. 5) earned the most money — $125 million, courtesy of her MDNA tour — of any celebrity on the list. (Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)
That’s also why Hugh Jackman finished in 11th place, nine spots ahead of Robert Downey Jr., who hauled in $20 million more than his fellow actor, but has zero social media presence.
R&B superstar Rihanna, who finished thirteenth, notched the most headlines — but was weighed down by an embarassing [sic] 60th in marketability rank likely fueled by her steady stream of tawdry tweets.
Rocker group Bon Jovi (No. 7), Tennis pro Roger Federer (No. 8) and Ellen Degeneres (No. 10), rounded out the top ten. Singer Justin Bieber earned $58 million over the last 12 months, according to Forbes, so he can afford plenty of new fast cars to drive around his California gated community. (MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)
Without the "American Idol" paycheck to pad her stats, last year's No.1, Jennifer Lopez, fell to No. 12 on this year's Forbes list.