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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Oprah Tops Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity List
After two-years as a runner up, Oprah Winfrey was named the most powerful celebrity on Wednesday by Forbes, heading the six women and four men who make up the top 10.
It was the fifth time the former talk showe host who runs her own TV network has headed the annual ranking of 100 celebrities.
Singer Lady Gaga came in second, followed by director/producer Steven Spielberg and singers Beyonce and Maddona. "There is nobody else with thatt kind of consistency and power", said Doroyhy of Forbes.com. "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."
Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez who was No 1 last year dropped to 12th place.
With earnings of $ 77 million from JUne 2012 to 2013, Winfrey was not the highest earning celebrity, an honor that went to Maddona who earned $ 125 million, but Forbes said Winfrey's position in Hollywood, and her prersence in the press, on television , and in the social media propelled her to the NO 1 spot.
"She still wields an anormous amouint of power, which is really what we look in our fame matrix. She is taking this cable network and turning it just around through the sheer force of her will, her connection and her ability.