Jun 12

Oprah and Power Couples top Forbes’ 2008 Power List

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Forbes’ annual Power List, which ranks celebrities on money and fame, named Oprah Winfrey, for the second year in a row, as the most powerful with $275 million (from her media empire). A far second to the list is golf phenomenon Tiger Woods ($115 million), followed by Angelina Jolie ($14 million) in third place. Though Jolie has the lowest net worth among the top ten personalities in the list, Forbes probably gave more weight to her popularity and clout, both due to her profession and charity works. Based on the Power List, Jolie is actually “more powerful” than her beau, actor Brad Pitt, who landed on the tenth spot with $20 million. Pitt’s ex Jennifer Aniston came in only at No. 17.

Meanwhile, another power couple landed on the top ten — the newly-weds Beyonce Knowles (#4) and Jay-Z (#7), with $80M and $82M, respectively. The rest of the top listers (measuring earnings and publicity power) are as follows:

Name Pay ($mil)
1 Oprah Winfrey $275 million
2 Tiger Woods $115 million
3 Angelina Jolie $14 million
4 Beyoncé Knowles $80 million
5 David Beckham $50 million
6 Johnny Depp $72 million
7 Jay-Z $82 million
8 The Police $115 million
9 J.K. Rowling $300 million
10 Brad Pitt $20 million

Notable newcomers included Hills star Lauren Conrad (#97), Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker (#72) and singer/designer Gwen Stefani (#63). Teen sensations Miley Cyrus was at #35, Zac Efron #92, and the Jonas Brothers on the 89th spot.

Celebs that fell off the list? New mom Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Scarlett Johansson and Adam Sandler.

The new issue of Forbes hits newsstands Friday.

My only beef about this list — what the heck is The Police doing at number 8?

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