Thursday, 04 Jun, 2009 Offbeat

Forbes Presents the List of World's Most Powerful Celebrities


With a rich collection of blockbuster movies and the media buzzing around, Angelina Jolie tops Forbes' 2009 list of the most powerful celebrities in the world, surpassing last year's most powerful celebrity Oprah Winfrey.

The famous actress was the first in the annual ranking of the world's most famous people according to Forbes, making $27 million over that last 12 months. This year most famous projects she took part in include Kung Fu Panda, Wanted and Salt, a spy thriller that is yet still to be released.

Oprah Winfrey came second with $275 million made during the last year. Despite the increasing number of viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show, her earnings stayed unchanged.

Although the global crisis had a great impact on a lot of people worldwide, the earning power of the top 100 celebrities from the 2009 list, with an overall result of $4.1 billion, which is somewhat better than the last year's $4 billion.

It is worth mentioning that The Celebrity 100 features movie and television stars, models, chefs, athletes, authors and musicians. It represents a measure of entertainment-related earnings and popularity in the media. The celebrities' earnings estimates are composed of pre-tax income calculated in the period between June 2008 and June 2009.

The top five, besides Jolie and Winfrey, includes Madonna with $110 million, Beyonce Knowles with $87 million and Tiger Woods with $110 million. The pop idol made most of her millions on the road with her "Hard candy" tour that featured concerts in 17 countries. Beyonce made her $87 millions on album sales, tour performances, movies, as well as a fashion collection. The biggest share from Woods' $100 million was gained from endorsements appearance fees and a profitable gig designing golf courses.

The president of the United States Barack Obama also joined the list. The election of the first African-American president helped Obama sell millions of books, which placed him at No. 49 in The Celebrity 100 with $2.5 million from book sales over the last 12 months.

The full list is available here .

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