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Oprah, Beyonce Top Forbes Celebrity Power 100 List

 NEW YORK, NY Oprah Winfrey is once again the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity on Forbes’ 2010 Celebrity 100 list with $315 million in earnings. This is the fourth time Oprah has held the #1 spot, returning to the top position after being ousted by Angelina Jolie last year, who slips to #18 this year. The earnings power of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list remains remarkably resilient with this year’s stars having earned a collective $4.7 billion during the past year, up from $4.1 billion in 2009.

 
Beyonce Knowles climbs two spots to #2, after a successful year touring and continuing to grow her empire which includes music, fashion, fragrance, and a slew of endorsement deals. Riding the box office success of Avatar, James Cameron (#3) returns to the list for the first time since 1999, raking in $210 million over the past year. Despite personal and professional setbacks, Tiger Woods (#5) remains high on the list: he managed to earn $105 million during the past year even as his revenue streams have diminished and his golf course design business struggles in the troubled global economy.
 
Lady Gaga (#4) is the list's top-ranked newcomer, leading a group that includes Twilight co-stars Robert Pattinson (#50) and Kristen Stewart (#66), late-night host Conan O'Brien (#51), the Black Eyed Peas (#16), Robert Downey, Jr. (#73) and Chelsea Handler (#98).
 
Rounding out the Top Ten: tabloid pop princess Britney Spears (#6) and U2 (#7), who earned $130 million last year thanks in large part to a successful world tour; Sandra Bullock (#8) whose films succeed both critically and at the box office, plus a high-profile separation from her husband kept her name in the headlines; top-earning actor Johnny Depp (#9); and Madonna (#10) who earned $58 million last year.
 
NAME 2010 Rank Earnings 2009 Rank
Oprah Winfrey 1 $315 million 2
Beyonce Knowles 2 $87 million 4
James Cameron 3 $210 million Returnee
Lady Gaga 4 $62 million New
Tiger Woods 5 $105 million 5
Britney Spears 6 $64 million 13
U2 7 $130 million Returnee
Sandra Bullock 8 $56 million 92
Johnny Depp 9 $75 million Returnee
Madonna 10 $58 million 3
 
For the full list and more, visit: www.forbes.com/celebs after 6 p.m. ET on Monday, June 28.
 
Forbes’ celebrity power ranking is a measurement of entertainment-related earnings over the past 12 months as well as visibility (exposure in print, television, radio, online, and social media).
 



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