Who’s the New Queen of All Media? TV and Music Fixture Surges to Top of Most Powerful Celebrities List

May 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A familiar singer and actress has been named the most powerful celebrity, surging 49 places from her position on last year’s Forbes list, the New York Daily News reports.

Topping the just released list is Jennifer Lopez, who knocked Lady Gaga out of the No. 1 spot. Placing second on this year’s list was Oprah Winfrey, followed by Justin Bieber.

“Propelling Lopez’s meteoric rise was the $52 million she earned since last May and the high-profile platform she received as a judge of TV’s ‘American Idol,’” the story reports. “Just a few years after suffering album and film flops, Lopez scored lucrative endorsement deals with companies like L’Oreal and Gillette. She also has a line of clothing at Kohl’s and a top-selling fragrance.”

Forbes noted that Lopez, 42, is also a master of social media, with 6.6 million Twitter followers and 12 million Facebook fans.

Criteria for the annual Forbes power list include entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and popularity in social media.

Winfrey earned more than anyone else on the list, $165 million, but remained in the same spot she had a year ago, No. 2.

Bieber also held his same spot from last year, No. 3, earning $55 million.

Rihanna came in at No. 4, with $53 million in earnings, while Lady Gaga slipped to No. 5 with $52 million.

The rest of the top 10, followed by their earnings in the past year:

6. Britney Spears ($58 million)

7. Kim Kardashian ($18 million)

8. Katy Perry ($45 million)

9. Tom Cruise ($75 million)

10. Steven Spielberg ($130 million)

One Comment

  1. It is pretty good for Oprah to come in #2 again since she is significantly less visible this year than she has been in the past decade.
    J-Lo may want to reconsider her recent comments about possibly not returning to American Idol. She would quickly drop back without that platform.

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