Top 7 Celebrities in 2011

Back in February 2011 we published the list for the Top 7 Celebrities in 2010, listing the most powerful people in the entertainment business last year. As usual, Oprah Winfrey was the number 1 celebrity last year, but now things are different. Maybe because she is loosing popularity, or because this is the last year she runs the show (her last show was actualy on May 25, 2011), she did not make the top place for this years list. Another interesting thing about this years list is that an underage celebrity made the Top 3, and a British Sir is also on it!

1. Lady Gaga

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $90 million

Age: 25

Title: Singer and performance artist

Source: Music

Big Break: Poker Face, 2008

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: Dropout, New York University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#1 Celebrity 100

#8 in Money

#3 in TV/Radio

#2 in Press

#1 in Social

#1 in Web

#7 Powerful Women

Sometimes it pays to be weird. The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months and has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide. No surprise that advertisers want a piece: endorsement deals include Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and PlentyOfFish.com. A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video. Her new album, Born This Way, hit stores in May; the title track clocked one million downloads in five days, making it the fastest-selling song in iTunes history.

2. Oprah Winfrey

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $290 million

Age: 57

Title: Media Personality

Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Source: television , self-made

Big Break: The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1986

Residence: Chicago, IL

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Kosciusko, MS

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#2 Celebrity 100

#1 in Money

#1 in TV/Radio

#7 in Press

#13 in Social

#13 in Web

#420 Forbes Billionaires

#135 in United States

#130 Forbes 400

#64 Powerful People

#3 Powerful Women

As her long-running syndicated show winds down, Winfrey is doing all she can to make her new cable station, OWN, a success. The network features shows like The Judds about the mother daughter country music team. Ratings so far have been anemic leading to the ouster of chief executive Christina Norman.

3. Justin Bieber

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $53 million

Age: 17

Source: Music

Big Break: Baby, 2010

Hometown: Stratford, Canada

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#3 Celebrity 100

#24in Money

#4in TV/Radio

#8in Press

#3in Social

#2in Web

Though he may not know where Germany is, the cherubic crooner has attained international superstardom: his new album My Life 2.0 quickly attained platinum status, his concert movie Never Say Never grossed $100 million globally and Bieber’s live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night. The music video for Bieber’s hit song “Baby” has been viewed a YouTube record 500 million times.

4. U2

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $195 million

Band Age: 35

Big Break: Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1983

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Forbes Lists:

#4 Celebrity 100

#2 in Money

#59 in TV/Radio

#10 in Press

#17 in Social

#16 in Web

The ageless rockers are wrapping up the most lucrative tour in the history of music. In April the group’s 360 Tour surpassed the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour, which grossed $554 million from 2005 to 2007. By the time U2’s tour ends this summer, the band will have sold $700 million worth of tickets over two years and played to more than 7 million people.

5. Elton John

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $100 million

Age: 64

Source: Music

Big Break: Your Song, 1970

Hometown: Pinner, England

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1

Forbes Lists:

#5 Celebrity 100

#7 in Money

#18 in TV/Radio

#19 in Press

#54 in Social

#28 in Web

Sir Elton has sold 250 million records worldwide over the past 30 years and isn’t slowing down, he grossed $204 million performing 102 live shows in the past 12 months. The Rocket Man still has time for family. With partner David Furnish, he welcomed surrogate son Zachary in 2010. Lady Gaga is the tyke’s godmother.

6. Tiger Woods

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $75 million

Age: 35

Source: Golf

Big Break: Masters, 1997

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Cypress, CA

Education: Dropout, Stanford University

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 2

Forbes Lists:

#6 Celebrity 100

#14 in Money

#6 in TV/Radio

#5 in Press

#38 in Social

#40 in Web

Woods has struggled to win tournaments and sign new sponsorship deals since his November 2009 car crash and the infidelity scandal that followed. Yet Woods continues to be the world’s best-paid athlete thanks to $3 million overseas appearance fees and two sponsors that stuck with him: Nike and Electronic Arts. First week sales this spring of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters were the highest in the 14-year history of the popular video game franchise.

7. Taylor Swift

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $45 million

Age: 21

Source: Music

Big Break: “Tim McGraw,” 2006

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#7 Celebrity 100

#33 in Money

#14 in TV/Radio

#45 in Press

#6 in Social

#6 in Web

Whether you consider her music country, pop or both, there’s no question that Swift is a moneymaking machine. Her new album Speak Now was certified triple-platinum barely a month after its October release. Touring brings gross ticket sales of some $750,000 per night. Just don’t break her heart: scathing love ballad “Dear John” was rumored to be directed at former flame John Mayer.

Source: Forbes

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