Last year, Forbes named someone new to their top spot on the annual “Celebrity 100”. The Celebrity 100 is Forbes Magazine’s annual index of power, media, money and “it” factor in Hollywood/entertainment. Oprah is usually the shoo-in for the top spot, and had won it in previous years. Last year, however, the number one position went to Angelina Jolie, fresh from a year in which she had an international hit action film (Wanted), an Oscar-nominated lead role (Changeling), and dominated the media with her pregnancy and birth of twins Knox and Vivienne. However, in this past year (summer ‘09 to summer ‘10), Angelina hasn’t had much going on – no films, no babies, no drama, really. So Oprah regained her top position on this year’s list:
Oprah is back on top.
A year after slipping to No. 2 on Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list, the media queen regained her crown as 2010′s most powerful star worth an estimated $315 million.
Last year’s title holder, Angelina Jolie, fell 17 spots while Beyoncé climbed to No. 2 with $87 million in earnings (husband Jay-Z landed the No. 15 spot).
The list – determined by a celebrity’s earnings and fame – placed Avatar director James Cameron, who pocketed $210 million, at the No. 3 ranking. Lady Gaga and Tiger Woods rounded out the top five.
It was also a good year for Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift, who jumped up to No. 12 from 69, and Twilight stars Robert Pattinson (No. 50) and Kristen Stewart (No. 66). The popular franchise also helped author Stephenie Meyer earn a No. 59 ranking.
The top ten of the Celebrity 100: Oprah, Beyonce, James Cameron, Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, U2, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp and Madonna. Go here for the list, and here for Forbes slideshow of the Celebrity 100. Can I just ask something? Britney? I mean, bless her heart and everything, but she cracked the top ten? Really? And Tiger Woods? Sure, he makes a lot of money, but he should be kicked off the top ten for being a douche (and losing half of his advertising contracts). But Gaga cracked the top ten! Good for her. The rest I get – Beyonce deserves to be there, as does Madge and Depp and Bullock. Oh, and James Cameron. Haha, lost another prize James!