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article imageOprah Winfrey tops Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list again

By Marcus Hondro     Jun 26, 2013 in Entertainment
For the fifth time, though the first in three years, media mogul and talk-show host Oprah Winfrey sits atop the celebrity world. Winfrey was named Wednesday by Forbes as the world's most powerful celebrity. Somehow Justin Bieber made it to 9th.
The Forbes World's 100 Most Powerful Celebrity List has been around 15 year now and it isn't just earnings that does it, the listing takes into account marketability, press status, social rankings and other rankings.
It takes into account also intangibles, like 'power.'
This past year Winfrey was not the biggest earner, not by a long shot. According to Forbes, she made $77 million while Madonna make $125 million, Steven Spielberg made $100 million, Lady Gaga $80 million and Bon Jovi made $79 million. But Winfrey, with her OWN network and a broad spectrum of adherents, has a persona they can't match.
“There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power,” Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com writes. “There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg.”
Lady Gaga ranked second followed by Steven Spielberg in third and a group of singers, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi. Then its tennis player Roger Federer, Canadian bad-boy pop star Bieber and talk-show host Ellen Degeneres. That makes 6 women and 4 men in the top ten.
Last year's list-topper, Jennifer Lopez, slipped to 12th. Bieber managed his ninth place finish despite a series of missteps throughout the past year, including run-ins with paparazzi, being late for concerts and being photographed smoking marijuana.
Winfrey also won in 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010 and finished second 4 other years and third twice, leaving her in the top three in 11 out of 15 years.
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