June 29th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Beyonce bests Jay-Z on most powerful celebrity list

Guess we know who wears the pants in Jay-Z and Beyonce’s relationship.

Forbes Magazine released their 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list, and coming in at No. 2 is Beyonce Knowles, a good 13 spots ahead of her husband, Jay-Z. Ranked just on top of James “Avatar” Cameron, Beyonce pulled in a cool $87 million last year.

But even the woman who told men all over the world to “put a ring on it” couldn’t take the most powerful crown from media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who came in at No. 1.

Although Angelina Jolie was most powerful in 2009 (oh, how quickly they fall – Jolie is now barely in the top 20 at No. 18), Winfrey is back on top for 2010, having earned $315 million over the past year.

Joining her is Lady Gaga, who skyrocketed to No. 4, earning $62 million in the past 12 months. But this should really be no surprise since she’s everywhere, all the time (like, oh, on this blog), and one would hope she's earning a few dollars while being utterly ubiquitous.

Rounding out the top five is none other than Tiger Woods, who, when not accumulating tabloid covers, accumulates wealth to the tune of $105 million in the past year.

If you’re looking at those numbers and not quite understanding how Woods, with his substantial bank account, ended up below Beyonce with her slightly lower figure, remember that Forbes’ list isn’t all about the dollars – the rankings take into account both money and notoriety to estimate a star’s power.

Which isn't great news for 50 Cent or Will Smith, whose star power diminished within the past year, knocking them clean off Forbes' list. Those who are still hanging on include (somewhat surprisingly) Britney Spears, who came in at No. 6; U2 at No. 7; Sandra Bullock at No. 8; Johnny Depp at No. 9; and Madonna at No. 10.


Filed under: Celebrities

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Tia

    Relax,Tshimollo–@sonylegend can post whatever they want–Free Speech here in America !! Love Jay-Z,he was fantastic on L:etterman Fri Night. Em was great too. All the people mentioned in the article have worked hard to be who they are & what they are.....

    June 30, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • True

      True, free speech. It's fine by me as well... besides... it allows us to see who the real idiots in the forums are (sonylegend).

      June 30, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tshimollo (South Africa)

    @sonylegend...... were you there when they joined the "illuminati"?

    unless you were there please don't post such stupid stuff on the net.... PLEASE

    June 29, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sonylegend

    Beyonce and Jay-Z are both part of the illuminati so it dont matter.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gagan Kasana

    So, Who actually wear the pants in the house Beyonce or Jay-Z ???? lol

    June 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fatu sankoh

    i am happy for beyonce she work very hard to get were she is may god contiue to bless her for life very proud to be a fan for life

    June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sean

    Is it "bests" or "beats"? Come on now...

    June 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Actually, to best someone is to "get the better of" or "beat." So, in other words, the wording is correct.

      June 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

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