Who are 2013’s most influencial, highest earners, and most powerful celebrities? We present the Top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities based on Forbes.com’s list of 100. The list is based on several factors- of course, it includes the net worth income, but also fame, influence, overall public image, and social media presence. To see the complete 2013 list of 100 Most Powerful Celebrities, visit Forbes.com.
10. Ellen DeGeneres
Comedian, writer, television producer and talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres makes it in the top 10 of Forbes’ 2013 list of most powerful celebrities. The Ellen deGeneres Show premiered on September 8, 2003. The show has been one of the highest-rating and one of the most successful talk shows of all time, having won 36 Daytime Emmy Awards. On March 2, 2014, she hosted the 86th Academy Awards – orchestrating a selfie shot with twelve celebrities and posting it on Twitter. The “selfie” has been the most re-tweeted post of all time with over 3.3 million retweets to date.
At 20, Justin Bieber is the youngest celebrity on the list. Bieber released his third studio album Believe on June 19, 2012- which debuted at June 19, 2012. In its first week, Believe sold 57,000 copies in Canada alone. He began the Believe Tour in September 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. Bieber has also invested in several technology start ups including Stamped, Shots, Spotify, and SoJo Studios. Biever is also the celebrity endorser of Adidas.
Swiss professional tennis player Roger Federer is on Number seven, and with a net worth of over $40 million per year- that is not so surprising. Federer is one of the highest-paid athtletes in the world with endorsements coming from no less than ten of the biggest companies. His endorsements include Nike, Nationale Suisse, Credit Suisse, Rolex, Lindt, Jura Elektroapparate, Mercedes-Benz, Gillette, Wilson, and Moët & Chandon.
7. Bon Jovi
American rock band Bon Jovi is made up of guitarist Richie Sambora, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, and lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi. The band was formed in 1983 in Seyreville, New Jersey. From their humble beginnings, Bon Jovi has turned out to be one of the world’s best-selling bands and one of the most successful bands in the history. They having produced a total of 12 studio albums to date. Their most recent album What About Now was released on March 12, 2013. Bon Jovi has launched their Because We Can world tour in February 2013 (which reportedly grossed $3 million per night) to promote their latest album.
6. Taylor Swift
This is the fifth time for the young singer/songwriter to be included in Forbes’ Celebrity 100. Taylor Swift released her fourth album Red which grossed US 1.2 million on its first week. As of 2013, Swift has already sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital single downloads worldwide. In March 2014, she began the Red Tour where she performed a total of 66 shows in North America. Afterwards, the Tour included shows in New Zealand, Australia, England, and Germany.
Madonna is back on Forbes’ list and is the highest earning celebrity for 2013 with $125 million net worth. In March 2012, Madonna released her twelfth studio album titled MDNA which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. In May 2012, she began the MDNA Tour to promote the album, starting in Tel Aviv, Israel. The tour became a box-office success with 88 sold-out shows and grossing over $305.2 million – making it the tenth highest-grossing tour in the history.
As of May 2013, Beyonce Knowles net worth is estimated at US $350 million and that puts her at the Number 4 spot in the list of Top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities. She has been Pepsi’s official celebrity endorser since 2002, and reportedly signed a $50 million deal with the brand in 2012. In 2013, Beyonce was included in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people. In 2014, she’s not just in the list but on on the cover of Time as well.
American film producer, director, screen writer, and business tycoon Steven Spielberg is on the third spot this year. Spielberg’s most recent project – the American epic historical drama film Lincoln which he directed and co-produced with Kathleen Kennedy, was a huge success. The movie grossed over $275 million at the box office and won awards from the Golden Glob and the Academy. It earned seven Golden Globe Award nominations including Best Director and won the Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama award. At the Academy Awards, Lincoln received twelve nominations and won two Awards – for Best Actor and Best Production Design.
2. Lady Gaga
American singer/songwriter, record producer, and actress Lady Gaga’s earnings reportedly amount to $80 million over the last 12 months. Gaga rose to international fame after the release of her debut album in August 2008, which is aptly titled The Fame. Her subsequent albums had all been big hits and she has been included in Forbes’ list of 100 Most Powerful Women from 2010 to 2013.
Finally at Number 1 is producer, actress, business tycoon, and the Queen of All Media Oprah Winfrey. In the past two years, Oprah was in the second place in Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful celebrity. This year, she came out on top despite having reported an $88 million drop in her earnings. Oprah isn’t the top earner in the list but her strong influence on media and her unmistakable presence in social networks pushed her to the top. She proves to be one of the most powerful voices in Hollywood.
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