Beyoncé tops Forbes Celebrity 100 list


Beyonce performs on May 17, 2013, at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo Credit: AP / Yosra El-Essawy

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Pop star Beyoncé Knowles is the world's "most powerful celebrity" in terms of earnings, mentions in the media, social-media reach and "impact," according to Forbes magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list.

Swapping places with 2013's topper, TV personality Oprah Winfrey, Knowles moved up three spots from No. 4 last year, largely on the strength of a 95-show concert tour that averaged $2.4 million per city, the magazine said. Her husband, rapper and music mogul Jay Z, ranked sixth, jumping all the way from No. 32.

Other musicians -- the most highly populated category, with 24 entries -- included last year's No. 2, Lady Gaga (19) as well as Taylor Swift (18), Bon Jovi and Bruno Mars were tied for 13th place and Justin Bieber (33).

The top athlete was basketball player LeBron James, at No. 2. Winfrey was once again the top personality, a category that included the Roosevelt-reared radio personality Howard Stern at No. 62.

Steven Spielberg repeated as the top director/producer, though he fell to 11th place from No. 3. Authors -- topped by James Patterson (37) -- models, actors and actresses were less well-represented. Last year's No. 5 celebrity, Madonna, did not make this year's list.

The magazine measured the period between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014, using such databases as Starcount, Factiva and Box Office Mojo, and speaking with industry sources. "Impact" was judged largely by Forbes editors and staff.

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The top celebrities

Forbes' top 10 most powerful celebrities

1. Beyoncé

2. LeBron James

3. Dr. Dre

4. Oprah Winfrey

5. Ellen DeGeneres

6. Jay Z

7. Floyd Mayweather

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8. Rihanna

9. Katy Perry

10. Robert Downey Jr.

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