Forbes most powerful celebrities revealed

Forbes has released its 2013 list of the world's most powerful celebrities and their number one is a familiar face who is no stranger to the list.

Oprah Winfrey regained first place at the head of the list, heading a top 10 of six women and four men.%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%
Oprah spent two years in second place but finally regained her crown on her fifth appearance in the annual ranking of 100 celebrities, raking in $77 million (£50 million) from June 2012 to 2013 in earnings.

According to The Telegraph, Dorothy Pomerantz of said: "There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power.

"There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg."

She wasn't the highest earning celebrity on the list however, that accolade went to Madonna who, despite only coming in fifth place, made $125 million last year.

Singers dominated the top five with Lady Gaga in second place, followed by director Steven Spielberg, and Beyoncé and Madonna rounding off the top five.

Last year's first place, singer and actress Jennifer Lopez, dropped out of the top 10 into 12th place.

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Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $80 million

One of the most popular talkshow hosts on US TV, DeGeneres' show just won an Emmy and her success secured her the final spot in the top ten.

The incredibly long career of the queen of pop seems to have kept Madonna in the top half of the list this year, banking her $125 million in 2013, making her the biggest earner.

Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $55 million

Tennis superstar Federer has ten sponsors that altogether pay him more than $40 million per year, making him eighth in this year's list.

Earnings between June 2012 - June 2013: $58 million

Beyonce, or Mrs Carter as she was known on her phenomenally successful world tour, earned million last year with her endorsements from Pepsi and H&M.

Oprah may have ended the 25 year run of her daytime talk show on the ABC network, but hasn't stopped her topping this year's list of most powerful celebrities, despite not having the highest earnings on the list. Oprah earnt $77 million (£50 million) from June 2012 to 2013 according to Forbes.

It seems Bon Jovi can't be held back as he slips into seventh place with his latest stadium tour managing to rake in $3 million per night.

Spielberg, with earnings of $100 million in the last year thanks to blockbuster success Lincoln, was the top man on the list.


Forbes based a celebrity's earnings on income from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals. Each celebrity's marketability score is calculated and their levels of fame and influence gauged by their appearances in the media. This rating system was developed by California market research firm E-Poll.

E-Poll used Starcount, a Singapore-based company that looks at 11 social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to determine their presence in social media.

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The N-Dubz singer was allegedly caught fixing up a drug deal between an undercover Sun reporter and her dealer friend and part-time rapper Mike GLC.

The illegal activity is likely to cost Tulisa dearly as she has cashed in on her youth appeal through the story of her troubled background and claims to have shunned drugs to grow her music career.

The modern day sporting hero and winner of seven consecutive Tour de France competitions saw his reputation plummet last year when he was found guilty of doping and cheating his way through is career.

Armstrong was stripped of all his titles, ordered to return his prize money, and sponsors couldn't drop him quick enough. He is also being sued by teammates. It is estimated that it will cost him $125m.

After possibly one of biggest public meltdowns in history, the actor lost it with the creator of his TV series Two and a Half Men. His outburst together with outlandish behavior including alleged drug benders, porn stars and drink problems, lead to Sheen being fired from the show. He reportedly earned $1.25m per episode, meaning he lost $36m for the whole season.

At the height of her short career, teen star Lohan was commanding around $7.5m per movie at four movies per year. Yet the pressures of fame at a young age got to The Parent Trap and Mean Girls star, seeing her life spiral out of control as she became embroiled in allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, jewellery theft, and drunk driving. Her earnings quickly plummeted and remain he doldrums.

Singer Chris Brown's reputation became muddied in 2009 amid allegations of assault against his then girlfriend, pop diva Rhianna.

The alleged offense took place the night before both stars were set to perform at the 2009 Grammy Awards. Brown's arrest on felony charges and the brutal images of Rhianna's battered face, led to an huge media frenzy. Overnight, Brown went from whiter-than-white Wrigley's gum and milk spokesperson to the most loathed man in music.

Fashions favourite supermodel could do no wrong until she appeared in the Daily Mirror in 2005 snorting "line after line" of cocaine at a recording studio with then-boyfriend and known drug addict, Pete Doherty.

Dubbed 'Cocaine Kate' by the press, Chanel promptly dropped Moss from their advertising, as did fashion house Burberry and Swedish brand H&M. But Moss managed to recover quickly from the scandal and is now the face of Rimmel, Dior and Mango.

Infidelity cost the golf star more than his marriage and a staggering $100 million divorce settlement – shaving brand Gillette was one of many brands to pull its endorsements following the incident in 2009. Woods also lost deals with Gatorade, AT&T and Accenture following the scandal.

Photos of the Olympic swimmer smoking a marijuana pipe saw Kellogg's pull its sponsorship of the sports star to protect their brand images. Phelps also received a suspension from competition and USA Swimming pulled financial support for three months.

Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho was axed from his Coca-Cola sponsorship deal after appearing with a can of Pepsi during a press conference at Atletico Minerio. The mistake cost the star £1 million in unpaid earnings as his £500,000 per-year contract was set to run until 2014.

While serving as president, Bill Clinton became embroiled in an embarrassing high profile scandal that looked set to cost him his career. The former president was accused of having sexual relations with intern Monica Lewinsky and harassment charges against Paula Jones.

Clinton was acquitted of perjury and obstruction of justice charges and made a public apology, which only served to strengthen his reputation. He went on to serve two presidency terms and left the office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. president since World War II.


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