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Angelina tops Forbes' Celebrity 100 power list

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 10:48 [IST]

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London (ANI): Angelina Jolie has overthrown Oprah Winfrey by becoming the world''s most powerful celebrity in the annual list compiled by business magazine Forbes. Oprah, the talk-show queen, topped the list for the previous two years and remained highest earner, making 275 million dollars in the past 12 months.

However, this year, Jolie, 34- the Hollywood actress, human rights campaigner and mother-of-six-has relegated Winfrey to second place. Forbes' Celebrity 100 power rankings are based on a combination of earning power and media exposure. The 'Tomb Raider' star and partner Brad Pitt, are the most photographed couple in the world.

Jolie's 27 million dollars earnings in the past year included a 14 million dollars magazine deal for exclusive rights to the first pictures of the couple's twins, Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, who were born in August. Pitt, on the other hand, is ranked in ninth place, one spot behind his ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston.

"In addition to nearly doubling her earnings in the past year, Angelina Jolie is the most famous star on the planet. She is in the dialogue of popular culture nearly every day - for her acting, for her relationship with Brad Pitt, for her children and for her philanthropic endeavours. All of this exposure leads to an extremely powerful celebrity brand," The Telegraph quoted Forbes as saying.

Madonna occupies the third spot, not only because of her world tour, but also her high profile divorce from Guy Ritchie and her thwarted attempt to adopt a second child from Malawi. At the fourth spot in the list is Beyonce, the US singer.

Tiger Woods is the highest ranked male celebrity, in fifth place, as the golfer remains the highest-paid sports star in the world, according to the magazine. And Bruce Springsteen, who will headline the Glastonbury Festival later this month, director Steven Spielberg and basketball player Kobe Bryant complete the top 10.

After her much-publicised multiple breakdowns last year, Britney Spears has occupied the 13th spot in the list this year, thanks to her new album and her 'Circus' tour. While Tom Cruise stays at 20th position, George Clooney stayed at 48 in the list.

Footballer David Beckham and teen sensation Miley Cyrus occupy the 28th and 29th spot respectively. US President Barack Obama is the first sitting head of state to appear on the list, which has been published annually since 1999.

Here is the list of the 100 most powerful celebrities of 2009:

Rank and name pay in million dollars:

1 Angelina Jolie 27
2 Oprah Winfrey 275
3 Madonna 110
4 Beyonce Knowles 87
5 Tiger Woods 110
6 Bruce Springsteen 70
7 Steven Spielberg 150
8 Jennifer Aniston 25
9 Brad Pitt 28
10 Kobe Bryant 45
11 Will Smith 45
12 Dr. Phil McGraw 80
13 Britney Spears 35
14 David Letterman 45
15 Coldplay 70
16 Adam Sandler 55
17 Harrison Ford 65
18 Michael Jordan 45
19 LeBron James 40
20 Tom Cruise 33
21 Bon Jovi 50
22 Donald Trump 50
23 Rush Limbaugh 54
24 George Lucas 170
25 Simon Cowell 75
26 Stephenie Meyer 50
27 Roger Federer 33
28 David Beckham 42
29 Miley Cyrus 25
30 Tyler Perry 75
31 Kenny Chesney 65
32 Jay-Z 35
33 Clint Eastwood 35
34 Howard Stern 70
35 Sean Combs 30
36 Phil Mickelson 40
37 Jerry Seinfeld 85
38 Dave Matthews Band 65
39 Tom Hanks 35
40 Ellen DeGeneres 35
41 Eddie Murphy 40
42 Rascal Flatts 60
43 Jay Leno 32
44 Ryan Seacrest 38
45 Nicolas Cage 40
46 Kanye West 25
47 AC/DC 60
48 George Clooney 25
49 Barack Obama 2
50 50 Cent 20
51 Brian Grazer/Ron Howard 45
52 Kimi Raikkonen 45
53 Jerry Bruckheimer 100
54 Chris Rock 42
55 Ronaldinho 30
56 Jim Carrey 30
57 Manny Pacquiao 40
58 Sarah Jessica Parker 27
59 Toby Keith 52
60 Jonas Brothers 25
61 James Patterson 60
62 Kevin Garnett 30
63 Jeff Gordon 30
64 Meryl Streep 24
65 Larry David 55
66 Derek Jeter 30
67 Serena Williams 17
68 Stephen King 30
69 Taylor Swift 18
70 Daniel Radcliffe 25
71 Reese Witherspoon 15
72 Gisele Bundchen 25
73 Cameron Diaz 20
74 Nicole Kidman 9
75 Carrie Underwood 14
76 Maria Sharapova 22
77 Venus Williams 15
78 Heidi Klum 16
79 Rachael Ray 15
80 David Copperfield 30
81 Glenn Beck 23
82 Katherine Heigl 18
83 Jon Stewart 14
84 Jeff Dunham 30
85 Anne Hathaway 7
86 Tina Fey 7
87 Drew Barrymore 12
88 Charlie Sheen 21
89 Eva Longoria Parker 9
90 Ana Ivanovic 10
91 Alec Baldwin 8
92 Sandra Bullock 17
93 Steve Carell 20
94 Hugh Laurie 10
95 Wolfgang Puck 18
96 Penn & Teller 20
97 Kate Moss 8
98 Mariska Hargitay 8
99 Jennifer Love Hewitt 6
100 Danica Patrick 7

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