Beyonce and Lady Gaga top world's most-powerful list
Pop star Beyonce Knowles is perched in second place on Forbes Magazine's list of most powerful celebrities and Lady Gaga is not far behind.
Unfortunately for Beyonce, all the catchy R&B dance anthems in the world couldn't keep Oprah Winfrey from reclaiming her number one spot. Oprah made a whopping $US315 million in the past 12 months through The Oprah Winfrey Show, her magazine, website, radio channel, TV specials and movies.
Single Ladies singer Beyonce climbed two spots, making $87 million this year. Her global tour alone grossed more than $85 million from 90-plus concerts. Beyonce has also expanded her business empire to include a fragrance this year. Her House of Dereon fashion line and a range of endorsement deals, ranging from Nintendo to L'Oreal, propelled her up the list.
But who knows, Lady Gaga could soon be a contender for the top spot. She's the highest-ranked newcomer this year and she already sits in fourth place making about $62 million.
Director James Cameron filled the gap at No. 3 thanks to the $2.7 billion grossed from Avatar.
Others music stars in the top 10 included pop singer Britney Spears at six, and Irish rock band U2 at seven. Madonna landed in the 10th spot with $58 million in earnings.
If the Gaga phenomenon keeps growing do you think she might top the list one day?
Check out the Top-50 below.
1. Oprah Winfrey 2. Beyonce Knowles 3. James Cameron 4. Lady Gaga 5. Tiger Woods 6. Britney Spears 7. U2 8. Sandra Bullock 9. Johnny Depp 10. Madonna 11. Simon Cowell 12. Taylor Swift 13. Miley Cyrus 14. Kobe Bryant 15. Jay-Z 16. Eyed Peas 17. Bruce Springsteen 18. Angelina Jolie 19. Rush Limbaugh 20. Michael Jordan 21. Dr. Phil McGraw 22. Steven Spielberg 23. Ellen DeGeneres 24. David Letterman 25. Tyler Perry 125 26. Jennifer Aniston 27. Pink 28. LeBron James 29. Roger Federer 30. Brad Pitt 31. Floyd Mayweather 32. Michael Bay 32. Donald Trump 34. Jay Leno 35. Coldplay 36. David Beckham 37. Jerry Seinfeld 38. AC/DC 39. Howard Stern 40. Jonas Brothers 41. Tom Hanks 42. George Lucas 43. Glenn Beck 44. Ryan Seacrest 45. Phil Mickelson 46. Ben Stiller 47. Jerry Bruckheimer 48. Cristiano Ronaldo 49. Alex Rodriguez 50. Robert Pattinson