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Lady Gaga in London, England, on Tuesday. (PAUL HACKETT/Reuters)
Lady Gaga in London, England, on Tuesday. (PAUL HACKETT/Reuters)


Lady Gaga named Forbes' top celebrity Add to ...

Lady Gaga has bumped Oprah Winfrey from the top of Forbes magazine's newest Celebrity 100 list, making the Born This Way singer the most powerful person in the entertainment business.

It is only the third time in seven years that the queen of daytime has failed to secure top spot on the list. Gaga was crowned number one thanks not only to $90-million (all figures U.S.) in earnings but also thanks to her 32 million Facebook fans and 10.1 million Twitter followers. Canadian pop-music heartthrob Justin Bieber, making his debut on the list, ranked third.

Oprah fell to second spot, although her $290-million in earnings should cushion the blow.

Published annually since 1999, the Forbes list includes film and television actors, television personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians. It measures not only celebrities' earnings over the past 12 months and their visibility within media, whether it's their exposure in print or on television, but also their social-media influence, which is assessed based on their presence on Facebook and Twitter.

Considering social media's role within the rankings, it's no wonder Bieber locked down the number-three spot. The Biebs has more than 9.7 million Twitter followers and his breakout song, Baby, has been watched 500 million times on YouTube.

Of course, it also helped that the 17-year-old from Stratford, Ont., earned $53-million in the last 12 months thanks to concert performances, music sales and his 3-D movie, Never Say Never.

Tiger Woods may not be faring well on the golf course these days - he hasn't won a tournament since 2009 - but he nevertheless ranked sixth on the list thanks to $75-million in earnings.

Leonardo DiCaprio jumped from 71st place to 15th thanks to the success of Shutter Island and Inception, two movies that saw the actor pocket $77-million.

Notable celebrities who have dropped off from the list since last year include Daniel Radcliffe, who's power seems to be waning as the Harry Potter series wraps up, and Britney Spears, who didn't tour this year.

The celebrities on the Forbes list earned a total of $4.5 billion over the last 12 months.

The top 10 celebrities on the Forbes annual Celebrity 100:

  1. Lady Gaga
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. U2
  5. Elton John
  6. Tiger Woods
  7. Taylor Swift
  8. Bon Jovi
  9. Simon Cowell
  10. LeBron James

All the Forbes lists:

The Forbes Celebrity 100

Celebrity 100 Drop Offs

Celebrity 100 Newcomers

Celebrities to Watch

The 10 Most Powerful Actors

The 10 Most Powerful Actresses

The 10 Most Powerful Musicians

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