Top 7 Celebrities in 2010

Last year was really crazy for Lady Gaga, certainly one of the most controversial artists to date. Nevertheless, she is not yet the Most Powerful Celebrity in 2010. Oprah Winfrey takes back her crown while pop chart phenomenon catapults to No. 4 on this year’s ranking of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses and musicians. Let’s find out who are the other ones who made the Top 7 List for Most Powerful Celebrities in 2010:

1. Oprah Winfrey

2009 Rank: 2

Power Rank: 1

Pay:  $315 million

Category: Personalities

Pay Rank: 1

Web Rank: 5

Press Rank: 5

TV / Radio Rank: 1

Social Rank: 11

News that this coming season of The Oprah Winfrey Show will be her last helped the self-made billionaire garner more media attention than any other member of the Celebrity 100. Her Harpo production company, which spawned the careers of Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray and Dr. Oz, will introduce interior designer Nate Berkus this fall. Months later, the list’s top-earner will add the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications to her media empire.

2. Beyoncé Knowles

2009 Rank: 4

Power Rank: 2

Pay: $87 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 11

Web Rank: 2

Press Rank: 13

TV / Radio Rank: 9

Social Rank: 15

One half of the most famous couple in hip-hop, Beyoncé continues to expand her business empire beyond music. Endorsement deals with companies ranging from Nintendo to L’Oreal and her growing House of Dereon fashion line bring in millions of dollars per year on top of the $86 million she grossed from a 93-stop world tour.

3. James Cameron

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 3

Pay: $210 million

Category: Directors / Producers

Pay Rank: 2

Web Rank: 20

Press Rank: 9

TV / Radio Rank: 21

Social Rank: 81

As the director of the highest grossing film of all time, Cameron is definitely “king of the world.” Avatar has earned $2.7 billion at the box office alone and has changed the way Hollywood makes films. In the near future almost every studio blockbuster will be released in 3-D. Cameron is already at work on Avatar 2.

4. Lady Gaga

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 4

Pay: $62 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 22

Web Rank: 1

Press Rank: 4

TV / Radio Rank: 13

Social Rank: 1

A newcomer to the Celebrity 100, Lady Gaga broke down the door to fame with outlandish outfits and quirky videos, including one that featured her and Beyoncé poisoning an unappreciative boyfriend. Bringing in an estimated $31 million with a 106-date tour that grossed $95 million, Lady Gaga is also a marketer’s dream, teaming up with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable and Viva Glam.

5. Tiger Woods

2009 Rank: 5

Power Rank: 5

Pay: $105 million

Category: Athletes

Pay Rank: 7

Web Rank: 35

Press Rank: 6

TV / Radio Rank: 7

Social Rank: 34

Tiger Woods’ fall from global sports icon to tabloid fodder was stunning. He saw Accenture, AT&T and Pepsi drop him as a pitchman, but he remains the highest-paid athlete in the world thanks to huge deals with Nike, Electronic Arts and Upper Deck. Nike built a $650 million (sales) golf business from scratch on Woods’ back. His fledgling golf course design business has been hurt by the economic downturn, as all three courses he’s worked on have experienced major delays.

6. Britney Spears

2009 Rank: 13

Power Rank 6

Pay: $64 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 20

Web Rank: 3

Press Rank: 24

TV / Radio Rank: 15

Social Rank: 2

Not long ago, most of the entertainment world had written Britney Spears off as a celebrity flameout. But over the last year Spears logged the fifth highest-grossing tour in the world, bringing in $130 million in gross box office receipts by playing 98 dates. High-profile endorsement deals with Elizabeth Arden and Candies’ prove that the public expects Spears to stay in the spotlight for good.

7. U2

2009 Rank: No Rank

Power Rank: 7

Pay: $130.0 million

Category: Musicians

Pay Rank: 3

Web Rank: 11

Press Rank: 18

TV / Radio Rank: 54

Social Rank: 28

The world’s biggest rock band, U2 launched a massive world tour in 2009 that has brought in more than $311 million in gross box office receipts. Each tour stop brings in $10 million in gross ticket sales. Add in lucrative merchandise sales, heavy radio play and a steady-selling back catalog, and you have the highest-earning band on the planet.

Source: Forbes

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