NEW YORK—Music artists claimed four top spots in Forbes Magazine’s celebrity power list with American singer-actress Jennifer Lopez at No. 1 for the first time, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao made a comeback after missing the cut last year, placing at No. 33 with estimated earnings of $67 million in the past 12 months. He was No. 55 in 2010 and No. 57 in 2009.
Pacquiao was ahead of Floyd Mayweather Jr. who landed at No. 52.
Pacquiao also ranked higher than fellow athletes Peyton Manning (No. 40), Cristiano Ronaldo (No. 44), Rafael Nadal (No. 47), Lionel Messi (No. 50), Tom Brady (No. 60), Alex Rodriguez (No. 63), Serena Williams (No. 77) and Li Na (No. 87).
“The Celebrity 100” is an annual list compiled and published by Forbes magazine of the year’s 100 most powerful celebrities based on entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity. It covers film and television actors, television personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians, Forbes said.
Lopez, who rose through the entertainment world ranks from her humble birthplace of the Bronx, New York, surprisingly jumped from 50th place on last year’s list.
Forbes estimated Lopez’ earnings in the past 12 months at $52 million, and her top ranking is powered by her lucrative gig as a judge on the popular television show “American Idol,” a new clothing line at Kohl’s, a top-selling fragrance and millions of Twitter and Facebook followers. She also just announced her first upcoming world tour, joined by Enrique Iglesias.
Winfrey, who has admitted struggling with her OWN TV network after ending “The Oprah Winfrey Show” syndicated TV chat show last year after 25 years, kept her No. 2 slot from last year, earning an estimated $165 million.
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber, 18, also stayed at No. 3 where he debuted last year, earning $55 million, with Forbes reporting he has become a serious investor whose portfolio includes music streaming service Spotify.
Pop star Rihanna landed on the list for the first time with estimated earnings of $53 million due to hits in the past year such as “We Found Love,” and “Talk That Talk,” while also landing lucrative endorsement deals with the likes of Nivea and Vita Coco, Forbes said.
Dropping four places from last year, Lady Gaga was ranked No. 5, earning $52 million, while new “The X Factor” judge Britney Spears returned to the list after a one-year hiatus landing at No. 6, earning an estimated $58 million helped by a successful tour.
Kim Kardashian was also a notable newcomer at No. 7. She earned $18 million—the lowest amount in the top 10—but attracted ample media attention for her splashy wedding and divorce. Pop singer Katy Perry landed at No. 8.
Rounding off the top 10 was Tom Cruise at No. 9 with the comeback success of his “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol” movie that earned nearly $700 million at the global box office, and Steven Spielberg’s various ventures in TV and movies earned him an estimated $130 million to place him at No. 10.
Sheen out, Kutcher in
British singer Adele entered the list at No. 24 after a record-equaling six Grammy haul and returning to live performing after surgery on her vocal chords. Among big names to drop off the list was Charlie Sheen after his “Two and a Half Men” exit. His replacement on the show, Ashton Kutcher debuted on the list at No. 51.
The collective earnings power of the top 100 dropped slightly in 2012, with this year’s crop earning a collective total of $4.4 billion, down from $4.5 billion in 2011.
Other athletes on the list included Tiger Woods (No. 12), LeBron James (No. 15), Kobe Bryant (No. 27), Roger Federer (No. 31) and David Beckham (No. 32).
The full list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/celebs. Source: Forbes Magazine, with reports from Ana Roa, Inquirer Research, Reuters and Matikas Santos
First posted May 17, 2012 | 11:06 am