June 4, 2009

Jolie jumps past Oprah to nab top spot on Forbes' list

Posted: 09:02 AM ET

Media maven Oprah Winfrey earned 10 times more than Angelina Jolie last year, but the actress bumped the talk show host from the top spot on Forbes' 2009 Celebrity 100 list just released by the business magazine.

Jolie's fame, evidenced by magazine covers and TV, radio, newspaper and Web stories, outweighed Winfrey's, giving her the edge as "the most powerful celebrity in the world" based on Forbes' formula, Forbes Senior Editor Matthew Miller said.

Winfrey, who was at the top for two years straight, grossed $275 million last year, compared with Jolie's $27 million, Miller said.

"We try and measure a celebrity's power, and we look at two metrics to do that," Miller said. "We look at money, and we look at fame."

A world tour, which helped Madonna pull in $110 million, and a bumper crop of tabloid gossip pushed the Material Girl into the third spot, up from her 21st ranking on last year's list.

Beyonce Knowles held steady in fourth, same as last year, with $87 million in income from her multiplatform empire, Miller said. Forbes leveraged the singer-actresses fame by placing her on this week's cover.


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Dave of Detroit   June 4th, 2009 9:18 am ET

That'l teach Oprah not to let her subscription expire!

Glenda   June 4th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

Who cares? Oprah so far outranks her in class!!!!!

angela   June 4th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Jolie doesnt come even near Oprahs throne in terms of power to influence, this is reflective of who the media pesters the most, not who the people like the most, dah.....

valerie   June 4th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

Lmao Dave of Detroit, but in all seriousness, who cares about old man stealing Jolie? she can't hold a candle to Oprah. So what if Forbes claim she's number one now, Oprah is number one in the American peoples heart. more genuine, down to earth, and always giving. The only thing Angelina has done, besides adopted 100's of children which is good in itself, is still Brad Pitt, a married man at the time, may i remind you.

John, San Antonio, TX   June 4th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Careful guys! The ladies claws are out. Meow!

als   June 5th, 2009 12:49 am ET

The News Week Article about Angelina and Oprah is a joke. Oprah helps people around the world and Angelina adopts people around the world. Its a tie in that sence. Oprah is an empire which she built from the ground up.

Terry, TX   June 5th, 2009 6:04 am ET

Who cares about Jolie...and even less about Oprah....celebrities in general ....yuk.

Rose   June 5th, 2009 3:34 pm ET

Angelina Jolie and Oprah Winfrey have each donated millions of dollars of their own money to helping the world's needy. This include victims of natural disasters, war, refugees and toward health care and education in developing nations.

I applaud both women for their generousity in giving. No doubt they have helped save lives and fed the hungry. Angelina does a lot more than adopt (re: her work with the United Nations) Doesn't anyone read anymore? Oprah's foundations to help others eclipses virtually everyone.

Stella   June 6th, 2009 8:53 am ET

R u for real? Jolie most famous person on this planet? Hmm Maybe most famous celebrity in the USA but not to us outside the USA.

Wanda Simpson   June 6th, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Forbes bank account must be shrinking....He has to say or do something to make the American people give a darn what he thinks. His presumption is ludricrous...any which way you look at it.

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