Forbes Celebrity 100 List 2009

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Article discussing the Forbes celebrity 100 list for 2009.
Includes a list of the top 10 most powerful celebrities for the year.


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In early May of 2009, Forbes listed the top most powerful celebrities in the world. The list, which includes entertainment and media stars, directors and producers, athletes, and musicians, is determined based on a combination of earnings over the past year and media exposure during that time. Despite worldwide economic problems, the earnings of celebrities has remained relatively unchanged.

Most celebrities have ongoing endorsement contracts and performance contracts that began prior to the economic crises. If this list of celebrities sees any change in earnings as a result of budget crunches, it will be felt in the coming year. Interestingly enough, the total accumulated wealth rose over the past year from an estimated $4 billion to $4.1 billion.

While Oprah Winfrey has topped the list in previous years, actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie took the number one spot for 2009. In addition to a busy film career, Jolie has garnered massive attention from the media as a result of the birth of twins and her on-going effort to draw attention to humanitarian causes around the world.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, last year's winner, came in second. Winfrey's own philanthropic endeavors in Africa and America are always a part of her media attention in addition to her multiple television shows and publications. Winfrey also topped Forbes' list of wealthiest Black Americans.

Also on both lists is Tiger Woods, professional golfer, who pocketed $110 million over the last year. While the golf pro earns millions through his athletic career, the majority of his income comes from endorsement and sponsorship deals.

The remaining two in the top five are Madonna and Beyonce Knowles. Madonna, entrepreneur and entertainer, earned approximately $280 million last year from her "Hard Candy" tour while Knowles pulled in $87 million from album sales, tours, and endorsement deals.

Newcomers to this year's list included Twilight author Stemphanie Meyer and singer Taylor Swift. Meyer managed to earn $50 million from the sale of her best selling young adult novels about vampires and the related movie release. Swift made the list with $18 million last year and earned the spot of top-telling U.S. artist of 2008.

President Barack Obama also made this year's list as a result of publicity and book sales that earned him $2.5 million. Obama is the first sitting head of state to land on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

A few well-known names fell off the list. Despite earnings and wealth, author J.K. Rowling and actor Johnny Depp were not included. Rowling has ended her famous Harry Potter series and Depp didn't star in any blockbuster movies.


Top Ten Most Powerful Celebrities Ranked by Forbes

  1. Angelina Jolie - Famous Actress
  2. Oprah Winfrey - Talkshow Host
  3. Madonna - Famous Singer
  4. Beyonce Knowles - Singer and Actress
  5. Tiger Woods - Famous Golfer
  6. Bruce Springsteen - Famous Singer
  7. Steven Spielberg - Movie Director
  8. Jennifer Aniston - Famous Actress
  9. Brad Pitt - Famous Actor
  10. Kobe Bryant - Basketball Player

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