The Cruise tops Forbes' "Celebrity 100″

95742__cruise_lForbes. What is it good for? Well, this handy li’l list for one. Called the Celebrity 100, it purports to be a list of the most powerful stars in show business.

EW’s got a bit of experience in the list-making field, so I feel somewhat justified in rendering a critique. This tally is a slightly haphazard agglomeration of above-the-line talent, from actors to directors to novelists to athletes. The only criteria are wealth and wealth-making potential. Some of the list’s conclusions are questionable, e.g. "Cruise is Hollywood’s most bankable actor." Post-M:I-3 and the fallout its so-so performance has created, can anyone really rank Cruise and his onerous pay package at No. 1? Yes, if you want to know who’s the richest star at this very moment. No, if you’re looking ahead (as the word "bankable" suggests).

There are also ironies, like the Angelina Jolie’s appearance at No. 36, just below Jennifer Aniston (No. 35). Just beneath them? The Olsen Twins.

And then there’s Formula One Racer Michael Schumacher, who outranks Tom Friggin’ Hanks. TV star Kiefer Sutherland tops Jim Carrey, the multiplex’s first $20 million man. Rachael Ray’s nearly as bankable as John Grisham — and more bankable than Dave Chappelle.

So here’s what I take away from this: I need a raise. Pronto. It’s the only way I’m going to get on one of these lists. And what’s good for me is good for Right? Tell you what, editors: Pay me $20 million for just one year. That’ll be enough to jack up my ranking. And, as a show of good faith, I’ll stop stealing Swiss Miss from the breakroom.

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Comments (13 total) Add your comment
  • Elyse

    Just seeing a picture of the pyschotic dude makes me wanna hurl…..he is so annoying

  • Tosy and Cosh

    You beg the question, though – if Cruise isn’t the most bankable star any longer, who is?

  • sara

    any fascination the public has with Tom Cruise is equivalent to the morbid fascination of a train wreck. He’s a whack-job. nothing more.

  • sam

    Every year these lists get more ridiculous. Part of this one is based on “buzz.” Are they listening to the buzz on Tom Cruise? It certainly shouldn’t place him at number one. Many of us just don’t want to see him any more and we are the ones who stayed away from M:I-3. How much do publicists and studios have to do with these lists? The Cruise damage control machine must be working overtime.

  • Elyse

    Yeah, I’m sick of hearing about him as well. He seems like a total controll freak over katie and the baby…..if some guy told me to be quiet while giving birth id laugh at him.

  • Howard

    You’re all just being glib.

  • Donna

    I use to like Tom Cruise. You could not pay me to go see any movies he makes now. I don’t think him and Katie will last. I think he has no respect for women. I don’t think he was in the deliviery room with Katie. If he was he was lying on the floor passed out.

  • ME

    What sort of dirt does Tom Cruise have on the editors at Forbes?
    Naughty pictures of himself with Malcolm Forbes, maybe? ;)

  • jason

    well he’s not number one on my list, so i don’t really care where he is on theirs

  • Robin

    WHO VOTED IN THE CASE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dee

    This list is so false…how can Cruise be tops. Stupid list.

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