business magazine’s annual Celebrity 100 ranking after two consecutive
years at the runner-up spot.
Winfrey’s return to the No. 1 slot somewhat symbolically depicts her
recent recovery in terms of running her own network. From an estimated
$330 million in losses at the onset, her Oprah Winfrey Network may stand
to turn some profit by the end of this year, boosted by must-see shows
like that of her two-part interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Despite not being the highest earner in the list, Winfrey’s wealth and
stature thrust her to the top, edging out other top female celebrities
in the top ten as Lady GaGa (No. 2 from being last year’s No. 1), Beyonce Knowles (No. 4), Madonna (No. 5), Taylor Swift (No. 6), and fellow TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres
is decided on combined earnings and overall multi-media presence,
particularly how the celebrity is viewed by American consumers.
Completing the top ten most powerful celebrities this year are Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg (No. 3), veteran rockers Bon Jovi (No. 7), tennis champion Roger Federer (No. and pop superstar Justin Bieber (No. 9).