YOU may or may not be surprised, but Lady Gaga is the world’s most powerful star for 2011. Following the release of its top 10 supermodel earners earlier this month, Forbes has released its annual Celebrity 100 list – which charts the most powerful people in the entertainment business.
Gaga has toppled Oprah Winfrey, who is closely followed by newcomer Justin Bieber, but plenty of fashion names make the cut too. Supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the world’s highest paid model, is at 60 on the list, whilst Halston chief creative officer and Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker is at 73. Vogue cover girls Natalie Portman and Cameron Diaz are at 75 and 81 respectively, whilst Kate Moss’ $13 million earnings put her at 94.
The list includes film and television actors and personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians – and measures entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online), as well as each individual’s social media power by their presence on Facebook and Twitter.