NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The list of the Most Powerful Celebrities was published again by Forbes, and Her Majesty Oprah Winfrey was toppled from her throne. Oprah dropped all the way down to fourth place, with annual earnings of $82 million.
Very few celebrities in the world make more money than she does.
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If you exclude Beyonce
, who sits atop the list for the first time, as well as LeBron James
and Dr. Dre
, you end up with the following:
All numbers are in millions. Sorted by awesomeness.
This list is not exclusively about money. Other equally important factors are considered including how many times each celebrity was mentioned in print, on TV and on the radio between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014.
Twelve socials networks were also measured including Facebook (FB)
, Twitter (TWTR)
, Google's (GOOGL)
YouTube and Orkut and Sina Weibo (WB)
The new Queen of the World is Beyonce, aka Mrs. (Jay-Z) Carter, only 32 years old and with earnings of $115 million. The Miami Heat's LeBron James is in second place with earnings of $72 million, followed by Dr. Dre, currently in third place with earnings of $620 million after selling his venture Beats Electronics
to Apple (AAPL)
for $3 billion in cash and shares.
If Dr. Dre holds all his recently acquired Apple shares for a few decades, he will graduate to a far more important list
and he may one day have a fortune as large as Charles Schwab
Is it time to sell your shares in Oprah Winfrey and buy shares in Beyonce instead? Let's find out.
I can only hope that one day in the near future Oprah will decide to share 10% of her $3 billion
estimated fortune with the rest of us by filing an initial public offering with the stock symbol HARPO.
Until that day comes, you can only buy shares in Discovery Communications (DISCA)
, which currently holds 50% of the Oprah Winfrey Network and reaches the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.
The company makes more money than Dish Network (DISH)
, which launched the Oprah Winfrey Network
in 2011 and is not growing as fast
as before now that everybody wants to watch television on a tablet, phone and notebook.