Photo: Oprah and J.Lo
Oprah Winfrey this year established herself as the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes magazine’s 2013 list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, with the previous leader, Jennifer Lopez, tumbling to the 12th spot.
“With OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel) rising from the dead, the unsinkable Winfrey tops our list for the fifth time,” Forbes said.
In preparing the ranking, Forbes takes into account not only the money these personalities pocketed during the last 12 months but also their fame, their presence in the media, their number of followers on the social networks and their popularity among advertisers.
Thus, Winfrey managed this year to recover her position at the top of the heap despite having earned $3 million less than the $80 million pulled in by No. 2 on the list, singer Lady Gaga.
The television magnate knocked singer and actress Jennifer Lopez out of the top slot, with the Puerto Rican beauty falling to No. 12 after her departure from the successful program “American Idol.”
The success at the box office of “Lincoln” enabled filmmaker Steven Spielberg to climb to third in this year’s list, followed by singers Beyonce Knowles and Madonna.
Particularly surprising is the presence of the singer of “Material Girl” on the list after two years where she did not make it, but she came back with a vengeance this time around as the celebrity who earned the most over the past 12 months, banking $125 million thanks to her world tour.
Music was a key element among the celebs in the top 10, including country star Taylor Swift (6), rocker Bon Jovi (7) and pop phenomenon Justin Bieber (9).
The first athlete to appear on the Forbes Celebrity 100 is Swiss tennis star Roger Federer, at No. 8.
With an Emmy in her pocket for her popular television program, Ellen DeGeneres secured the 10th spot.