Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Beyonce Replaces Oprah in the top spot on Forbes Celebrity 100 ...

beyonce oprah 103Beyonce tops this year’s Forbes Celebrity 100 List, which ranks the biggest names in movies, TV, music, sports, books and modeling based on money and fame.

Fame, as defined by Forbes magazine, includes press mentions, social media influence and, for the first time, impact on the entertainment industry and pop culture.

Thanks to her 95 tour stops (averaging $2.4 million per show), surprise self-titled album, fragrances, H&M and Pepsi endorsement deals, and House of Dereon clothing line, Beyonce earned an estimated $115 million between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014.

She landed in the top spot this year, instead of Oprah Winfrey, who dropped to 4th place this year with an estimated $82 million in earnings, thanks to her cable network as well as her success in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler.’

Beyonce’s husband and ‘On the Run’ tour partner Jay-Z comes in 6th, with an estimated $60 million in earnings from his “Magna Carta… Holy Grail” album, live performances, Roc Nation record label and management company, and business ventures such as his 40/40 nightclubs and D’Ussé cognac.

Also high in this year’s rankings are NBA star LeBron James ($72 million, 2nd place), Ellen DeGeneres ($70 million, 5th), Floyd Mayweather ($105 million, 7th), Rihanna ($48 million, 8th), Katy Perry ($40 million, 9th) and Robert Downey Jr. ($75 million, 10th).

Who earned the most this year? That would be 3rd place music producer/businessman Dr. Dre, whose $3 billion Beats deal with Apple garnered him an estimated $620 million, earning him more in the past 12 months than anyone in the history of the Celebrity 100.

Following Downey in the film actors category are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey, while Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston top the film actresses category.

TV talent Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Spacey, Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel, Lena Dunham and Kaley Cuoco also made the annual ranking.

Eight directors made the list this year (Steven Spielberg, Mark Burnett, Peter Jackson, Michael Bay, Tyler Perry, Joss Whedon, J.J. Abrams and Seth MacFarlane) as well as 6 authors (James Patterson, Dan Brown, John Green, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Veronica Roth).

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