Forbes magazine has just announced it’s annual World’s Most Powerful Celebrities list for 2012 - so who is the biggest celeb on the planet? Step up, Jennifer Lopez...
Jennifer Lopez tops the list thanks to her job judging American Idol, her own resurrected pop career, renewed film success, some big endorsement deals, and her own clothing and fragrance lines.
"It used to be enough for a celebrity to act or sing really well. Today celebs need to be businesses," say Forbes. "No one embodies that more than our No. 1 celebrity, Jennifer Lopez."
Last year’s Number One , Lady Gaga, slips down to five. The pop diva’s earning have dipped from $90m to $52 because she hasn’t been on the road as much, but her latest album Born This Way performed impressively in the charts, and GaGa remain the queen of social media.
Then there’s teen heartthrob Justin Bieber in third place. the singing sensation raked in an impressive $55million in record and tour ticket sales. But Justin isn’t just earning money, he’s investing it too, the 18-year-old star has turned venture capitalist, having invested in the likes of Spotify and Enflick.
Kim Kardashian also makes the Top 10 – but she might not be entirely happy with the reason why. Of course, the Reality TV star makes plenty of moula from various TV shows. However, her earnings were boosted by that lucrative wedding to Kris Humphries, while her fame was inflated by all the divorce drama.
How do you judge fame?
And now for the science bit… Just how do Forbes compile their list of the World’s Most Power Celebrities? The process takes into account not just money but levels of fame, too.
“With most of our lists we keep it strictly on the money: earnings or net worth. The Celebrity 100 is a little different. This list – which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians – is based on money and fame,” writes Dorothy Pomerantx on Forbes.com. “We define fame as media visibility in print, television, radio and online, plus social media power, which we measure by looking at each celebrity’s presence on Facebook and Twitter.”
So there you have it.
The 100 Most Powerful Celebrities In The World 2012
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