Jennifer Lopez Named Forbes' Most Powerful Celeb
Explaining Lopez's position on the list, Forbes writes: "American Idol gave her a platform to promote her music and turn her image around. It didn't hurt that she also split from her husband, Marc Anthony.
"Suddenly a single mother, Lopez lapped up the media attention and scored lucrative endorsement deals with companies like L'Oreal and Gillette.
"She now has a line of clothing at Kohl's, a top-selling fragrance and she was able to secure a nice bump — to $20 million — on her' Idol' salary for a second season."
The two benefited from the inclusion of a 'Social Rank' among the factors, which include money earned, TV/radio presence and level of press attention, used to formulate the listing, which aims to reflect the level of influence a celebrity has in the entertainment industry.
With her millions of followers on Twitter and Facebook, RiRi came in second in the Social Rank category.
Katy Perry leapt four places in this year's ranking, placing at No.8 with earnings of a not-too-shabby $45 million.
This was due to K-Pez's long list of chart-topping singles and the press attention around her divorce from Russell Brand, in addition to her strong Twitter presence and largely sold-outTaylor Swift at No. 11, Jay-Z in 38th place. Twilight star Kristen Stewart made the list in 43rd position, while Kimmy K's new man Kanye West was placed at No.45.
Forbes' World's Most Powerful Celebrity - Top 10:
1) Jennifer Lopez
2) Oprah Winfrey
3) Justin Bieber
5) Lady GaGa
6) Britney Spears
7) Kim Kardashian
8) Katy Perry
9) Tom Cruise
10) Steven Spielberg