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Oprah Winfrey, world's most powerful celebrity

US talkshow diva Oprah Winfrey was ranked the world's most powerful celebrity in a survey published by Forbes magazine.
By HT Correspondent | AFP, New York
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2008 12:44 PM IST

US talkshow diva Oprah Winfrey was ranked the world's most powerful celebrity for the second year running in a new survey published by Forbes magazine.

The top ranking is based on income over the past 12 months as well as web references, press clippings, broadcast mentions and major magazine covers devoted to the celebrity, Forbes said on its website on Wednesday.

Winfrey, the 54-year-old high priestess of US daytime television, beat out golfer Tiger Woods in second place and Hollywood heavyweight Angelina Jolie in the list.

Forbes reported that Winfrey earned USD 275 million between June 2007 and June 2008, while Woods pocketed USD 115 million.

While Jolie earned a fraction of those sums - USD 14 million according to Forbes - the actress came out on top for the number of web hits, securing her place in the top 10.

In fourth place was singer Beyonce Knowles, who finished three places above husband hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, with earnings of USD 80 million and third overall for the number of web hits.

English football superstar David Beckham's move to the US Major League Soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy helped catapult him into the top 10, taking fifth place with earnings of USD 50 million, ahead of actor Johnny Depp in sixth.

In eighth place just behind Jay-Z, British supergroup The Police muscled their way into the top 10 after a year that saw the band reunite for a successful concert tour.

JK Rowling, the billionaire author behind the "Harry Potter" books, was in ninth, earning more than any other celebrity on the list over the same period with a mammoth USD 300 million.

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