Beyonce Tops Forbes' Most Powerful Celebrity List
Beyonce has cemented her status as the Queen Bey.
The 32-year-old singer, who recently kicked off her On the Run summer tour with husband Jay Z, has been named Forbes's Most Powerful Celebrity.
That power stems largely from dollars and cents. Thanks to her own lucrative tour (each of the 95 shows earned an estimated $2.4 million), that surprise eponymous album that she released with no promotion, and some endorsements (Blue Ivy's mom is still a Pepsi girl and collaborated with H&M), she pulled in a whopping $115 million over the last year. Beyonce, who was up from the No. 4 spot last year, also has what the magazine calls a high "impact score," meaning that the Instagram lover is an influencer in the entertainment industry and on culture.
Power runs in the family for the "Drunk in Love" songstress. Her hubby, Hova, scored the No. 6 spot on the list with his earnings of an estimated $60 million.
So who else rubs elbows with Beyonce and Jay on the power list? Love him or hate him, LeBron James dunked his way to the No. 2 spot, having pulled in about $72 million as of June 2014. The NBA star is followed by Dr. Dre, whose earnings in the last year — an estimated $620 million thanks to his Apple deal — are more than any other person in the history of the list.
Oprah Winfrey, who was bumped from the top spot by Beyonce, ranked No. 4 with an $82 million payday. And another TV talker, Ellen DeGeneres, placed No. 5 (up from No. 10 last year) with $70 million.
Other top 10-ers are: boxer Floyd Mayweather (No. 7), Rihanna (No. 8), Katy Perry (No. 9), and Robert Downey Jr. (No. 10).
So who didn't make the top 10? Well, Lady Gaga, who was No. 2 last year, dropped from the top of the list as she's been recovering from hip surgery. (She's now No. 19.) Meanwhile, country cutie Taylor Swift, who had been No. 6, moved to No. 18.
Jennifer Lopez, who was No. 1 in 2012, has now slipped all the way to No. 33. The magazine doesn't think the American Idol judge has the same buzz as she once did — and her recent record sales seem to tell that story as well. However, J.Lo's the queen of reinvention, so we expect her to pull out all the stops looking for news ways to rise back to the top.
But for now, the queen — at least of this list — is Beyonce.