Lady Gaga Is World’s Most Powerful Celebrity On Forbes’ 2011 Celebrity 100 List

Lady Gaga is the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity on Forbes’ 2011 Celebrity 100 list,  knocking Oprah Winfrey – who held the top spot four times – into 2nd place. Lady Gaga tops the list not just because of her $90 million in earnings, but also because of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers, who helped move 1 million copies of her hit single, “Born This Way,” in just five days. The earnings power of The Celebrity 100 dropped slightly in 2011, with this year’s stars having earned a collective $4.5 billion during the past year, down from $4.7 billion in 2010. What amazes me about this list is that Oprah still out earns next closest celebrity, U2 (which is a whole group of people) by almost $100 million dollars.

lady-gagaJustin Bieber debuts on the list at No. 3, and is also the youngest, at 17 years old. He earned $53 million over the last 12 months, and in addition to concerts, movie sales and a 3-D documentary movie, his “Baby” hit song video was viewed 500 million times, a YouTube record.

NAME 2011 Rank Earnings 2010 Rank
Lady Gaga 1 $ 90 million 4
Oprah Winfrey 2 $290 million 1
Justin Bieber 3 $ 53 million New
U2 4 $195 million 7
Elton John 5 $100 million Returnee
Tiger Woods 6 $ 75 million 5
Taylor Swift 7 $ 45 million 12
Bon Jovi 8 $125 million Returnee
Simon Cowell 9 $ 90 million 11
LeBron James 10 $ 48 million 28


*Forbes’ celebrity power ranking is a measurement of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online) over the past 12 months, as well as social media power.

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