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World's Most Powerful Celebrities

The Celebrity 100

Edited by Matthew Miller, Dorothy Pomerantz and Lacey Rose, 06.03.09, 06:00 PM EDT

She's rich. She's talented. She's beautiful. And now Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world.

Thanks to the release of several blockbuster movies and an endless sea of media buzz, Jolie has dethroned Oprah Winfrey to top this year's Celebrity 100 list, Forbes' annual ranking of the world's ultra famous. More ...

The World's Most Powerful Celebrities
Rank | Name | Pay | Web Rank | Press Rank | TV Rank
Chris Paul Saves Basketball In New Orleans
Monte Burke
The NBA star is helping the Crescent City--on and off the court.

Michael Bay: Making Movies, Enemies And Money
Dorothy Pomerantz
Director Michael Bay has changed the way Hollywood churns out action pics.

Paul Young's Publishing Miracle
Lauren Streib
Paul Young turned a scarred life into a surprise bestseller.

Toby Keith: Loud, Brash--And Rich
Lauren Streib
Nashville has never liked outsiders. Toby Keith never wanted to be one of the good ol' boys.

Another Day, Another Doll(ar)
Erin Gell
Comedian Jeff Dunham took home $30 million last year chatting up audiences with puppets. Yes, puppets.

Celebrities: Spot That Phone!
Elizabeth Woyke
These lucky phones are product placements in TV shows, movies and music videos.
In Pictures: Spot That Phone!

Infamy IndexThe Year's Most Infamous Celebrities
Erin Gell
Is any publicity good publicity? Ask the ten people on this list.
In Pictures: Infamy Index

How Celebrities Make Their Millions
Lauren Streib
An inside look at how five members of the Celebrity 100 made their money this year.
Star-Studded Investors
Rebecca Buckman
Sports and Hollywood celebs dabble in tech investing--and feel your pain.
How To Feel Like A Star
Quentin Hardy
Entertainment service Celeb 4 A Day gives you the celebrity treatment, right down to the taunts.

The Future Of Fame
Dorothy Pomerantz
The business of being a celebrity isn't what it used to be.
Beyonce Knowles
Inside Beyoncé's
Entertainment Empire
Lacey Rose
Beyoncé Knowles is a perfectionist. That's how she rakes in $87 million a year.
TOP 10
  1. Angelina Jolie
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Madonna
  4. Beyoncé Knowles
  5. Tiger Woods
  6. Bruce Springsteen
  7. Steven Spielberg
  8. Jennifer Aniston
  9. Brad Pitt
  10. Kobe Bryant
  11. View The Complete List
Jolie: Most Powerful Celebrity
Angelina Jolie's fame goes unchallenged, even by Oprah.

Jeff Dunham: Beyond Stand-Up
Comedian on his rise to stardom and expanding empire.

Brand It Like Beck
Glenn Beck on his cross-platform success and the state of punditry.

Being Diddy
The hip hop mogul on the power of branding and selling a lifestyle.

Natalie Portman: Hollywood 2.0
The Star Wars actress on how the internet will shape the movie industry.

How To Be A Celeb
Forbes Reporter Quentin Hardy caught the eye of the Paparazzi. You can, too.

Paris Hilton: Beyond The Tabloids
The heiress discusses the evolution of her brand and the "real" Paris.
The Celebrity 100
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The Celebrity 100 was edited by Matthew Miller, Dorothy Pomerantz and Lacey Rose. Reporting by Kurt Badenhausen and Lauren Streib. Additional reporting by Erin Gell, David K. Randall and Zack O’Malley Greenburg. Research by Susan Radlauer.

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