Oprah Winfrey Named World’s Most Powerful Celebrity

June 30, 2010
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Oprah Winfrey Named World’s Most Powerful Celebrity

Oprah Winfrey has been named the world’s most powerful celebrity.

The TV star – who fronts ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and is the president of media company Harpo Productions – has topped the annual Most Powerful Celebrity poll conducted by Forbes magazine, knocking Angelina Jolie off the top spot with earnings of $US315 million last year.

The 56-year-old star was previously named top of the coveted list in 2007 and 2008, before Angelina – who is now in 18th position – took over from her in 2009.

The 2010 figures also include a number of new stars, with Lady Gaga flying into fourth place with earnings of $US62 million, behind Beyonce Knowles with $US87 million in second, and film director James Cameron in third with $US210 million earned last year.

The Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list looks at wealth, TV/radio popularity, press rank, web rank and social status – with even twitter followers being taken into consideration.

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The 2010 poll placed ‘Twilight’ star Robert Pattinson on the list for the first time, in 50th position following the success of the vampire movies, and after earning $US17 million last year.

His co-star and rumoured girlfriend Kristen Stewart came 66th after earning $US12 million from the franchise and working on new movie ‘The Runaways’.

Despite a tumultuous year in her personal life, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock was placed eighth in the poll after pocketing $56 million in the past 12 months. She was just behind golfer Tiger Woods, who was placed fifth, Britney Spears, sixth, and rock band U2 – consisting of Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. – who were placed seventh.

The top 20 Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity 2010 poll and their earnings (in $US) from the past 12 months:

1. Oprah Winfrey – $315 million

2. Beyonce Knowles – $87 million

3. James Cameron – $210 million

4. Lady Gaga – $62 million

5. Tiger Woods – $105 million

6. Britney Spears – $64 million

7. U2 – $130 million

8. Sandra Bullock – $56 million

9. Johnny Depp – $75 million

10. Madonna – $58 million

11. Simon Cowell – $80 million

12. Taylor Swift – $45 million

13. Miley Cyrus – $48 million

14. Kobe Bryant – $48 million

15. Jay-Z – $63 million

16. Black Eyed Peas – $48 million

17. Bruce Springsteen – $70 million

18. Angelina Jolie – $20 million

19. Rush Limbaugh – $58.5 million

20. Michael Jordan – $55 million

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