Women and musicians dominate Top 10 of Forbes' fame rankings
Oprah’s got her groove back, regaining the reigning position on Forbes’ 2013 list of the most powerful celebrities. Last year’s title holder, Jennifer Lopez, dropped to 12. This in a year in which she has succeeded in turning around the fortunes of her ratings-challenged and financially-troubled cable network.
At an estimated $77 million Oprah was not celebritydom’s biggest moneymaker in the past year. That honor goes to Madonna, who bounced back after being off the list for two years thanks to her phenomenally successful world tour that brought in $125 million since June 2012, Forbes reports. But Oprah tops the list of A-list musicians, filmmakers, actors, pundits and sports stars and authors when it comes to that ephemeral thing called fame.
In addition to celebrity earnings over the last 12 months, this list also factors in media mentions, Internet presence and how they are viewed by American consumers. This year, Forbes reports adding a “marketability score” based on opinion polling about 46 different attributes for 6,600 difference celebrities (the most marketable celebs: Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock) as well as social network standing (Justin Bieber rules this metric, followed by Rihanna and Lady Gaga.
Women and musicians dominate Forbes’ 2013 Celebrity 100. Completing the top ten are:
2. Lady Gaga
3. Steven Spielberg
4. Beyonce Knowles
6. Taylor Swift
7. Bon Jovi
8. Roger Federer
9. Justin Bieber
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Four celebrities who made the top 10 on last year’s list dropped from the pantheon this year: Britney Spears (not ranked); Kim Kardashian (No. 66); Katy Perry (No. 18); and Tom Cruise. (No. 27).
Inspecting the list 2013 Celebrity 100 closer, we find:
· Highest ranked actor: Hugh Jackman (No. 11)
· Highest ranked reality show host: Simon Cowell (No. 17)
· Highest ranked pundit: Glenn Beck (No. 34)
· Highest ranked actress: Angelina Jolie (no. 41)
· Highest ranked writer: 50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James (42)
· Highest ranked comedian: Jerry Seinfeld (No. 60)
· Highest ranked chef: Gordon Ramsay (No. 77)
· Highest ranked model: Gisele Bundchen (No. 81)
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.