NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey continues to take over the world. The media mogul is
back on top of Forbes' annual "Celebrity 100 Power List," which ranks the rich
and famous based on earnings and buzz.
Winfrey, who came in third last year, was the top money-maker with an
estimated income of $260 million over the past 12 months. She last topped the
list in 2005.
This image made available by Forbes magazine, shows Johnny
Depp and others on the cover of the 'Celebrity 100 Power List' issue of
Forbes magazine. Oprah Winfrey topped the list again after coming in third
"The woman is making history every single year," said Lea Goldman, a Forbes
associate editor who oversaw the list. "It's not as if she's sitting on her
laurels enjoying the show."
Winfrey's Harpo Productions is a partner on celebrity chef Rachael Ray's
popular syndicated daytime talk show, which debuted last September. Harpo is
launching its first prime-time series, "Oprah's Big Give," a reality contest in
which contestants compete in philanthropy, and Winfrey also produced the
Broadway show "The Color Purple."
Golf tycoon Tiger Woods, who pulled in $100 million, ranks second. Madonna,
absent from the list last year, is No. 3. The pop star's "Confessions" world
tour ！ the highest-grossing tour by any female artist in history, Goldman said ！
and her adoption of a baby boy in the African country of Malawi put her back in
The Rolling Stones dropped from No. 2 to No. 4. Brad Pitt, who secured $35
million in earnings, ranks fifth ！ up 15 spots from last year ！ in part because
of his status as one of the most talked-about celebrities in the world, Goldman
said. (Girlfriend Angelina Jolie is No. 14.)
Another handsome family man, Johnny Depp, placed sixth and was the year's
highest-paid actor with his take of $92 million. Not bad for a pirate.
Elton John, who earned a total of $53 million thanks to concerts and revenue
from Broadway hits such as "The Lion King," ranks seventh. Power player Tom
Cruise ！ the world's No. 1 star last year ！ slipped to No. 8.
Rap mogul Jay-Z placed ninth with earnings of $83 million, leading the newly
added category "Hip-Hop Impresarios." Businessmen-rappers 50 Cent and Sean
"Diddy" Combs placed 32nd and 43rd, respectively.
Some guy named Steven Spielberg was No. 10.
New to the "Celebrity 100": George Clooney (40), the cast of ABC's "Grey's
Anatomy" (12), Justin Timberlake (34), Keira Knightley (71), Bon Jovi (18),
actor-comedian Dane Cook (89), Vince Vaughn (54) and Cate Blanchett (63).
Troublemakers Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears did not make the