After losing out on the No. 1 spot in 2012, Oprah is once again sitting on top of the Celebrity 100 throne. In my dreams, Oprah is currently lip-synching and dancing along to Yeezy’s “I Am a God” in one of her massive mansions.
In the annual Forbes ranking, pop sensation Lady Gaga came in at No. 2 while direcor Steven Spielberg and singers Beyonce Knowles and Madonna finished in the top five.
This particular list doesn’t only count one’s annual salary – in that case, author James Patteron (No. 44 with $91 million) and ubiquitous reality competition creator Simon Cowell (No. 17 with $95 million) would have easily beaten out the icon, who earned a relatively meager $77 million when compared to No. 34 Glenn Beck’s $90 million. (QUICK THOUGHT: What do people do with that much money? Do they buy a lifetime’s supply of Oreos and bathe in them? Do they serve filet mignon to their pet tigers? Do they hire No. 23 Channing Tatum to be their personal masseuse? Probably not, since he apparently earned $60 million last year. OK, QUICK THOUGHT OVER). Instead, Forbes looks at a number of other factors including how often celebrities are mentioned in the media, their social networking strength and even how desirable they are in the market.
After being shut out of the top 10 last year, perennial teenager Taylor Swift snatched up the No. 6 spot with earnings of $55 million while Bon Jovi (No. 7 with $79 million), Roger Federer (No. 8 with $71 million), Justin Bieber (No. 9 with $58 million) and Ellen DeGeneres (No. 10 with $56 million) rounded out the top 10.
Many might be surprised with the results since Oprah’s past few years have been a little rough (because apparently it’s really disheartening to earn only $77 million in a year). The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), her next venture after her infamous talk show, struggled for several seasons until recently bagging hot properties like The Haves and the Have Nots and a sit-down confessional interview with bicyclist Lance Armstrong (sorry, Rosie).
Though Oprah, Gaga and Beyonce have been on the list for what seems like centuries, Forbes also added new faces like Hugh Jackman (No. 11), Mila Kunis (No. 89), and recent Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence (No. 49). Supermodel Miranda Kerr got the last spot on the bus, coming in at No. 100.
Unfortunately, Adele, also known as everyone’s favorite artist to sob along to, under-the-radar actor Brad Pitt, and professional pirate Johnny Depp weren’t invited to this year’s fiesta. Better luck post-Lone Ranger, Johnny.