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Jolie Tops Forbes 100 List

Actress ranks as top celebrity; Obama first president to make the cut.

Forbes magazine has named Angelina Jolie the most powerful celebrity on its annual top 100 list, displacing Oprah Winfrey, even though Winfrey out earned her by $223 million.


Jolie still took in $27 million, but that ranks her last in the top 10 earners, $1 million behind boyfriend Brad Pitt.


The list was infused with some political power as well, as Barack Obama became the first president to show up on the list, landing at no. 49.


Winfrey, who topped the list the last two years and has been in the top five every year since 2003, moved down to second.

The ranking is based on four main categories — pay, web ranking, television ranking and press ranking — that consider factors like magazine covers, online references and broadcast mentions.

Jolie, 33, has always earned publicity for her acting, but recently has received more media attention due to her work as a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, her six children and her relationship with Pitt.

Trailing Winfrey and Jolie is Madonna, who earned $110 million and has been regular tabloid fodder since her divorce from Guy Ritchie.


Rounding out the top five are Beyonce Knowles and the first male on the list, Tiger Woods. Woods missed much of the golf season due to injury, but still netted $110 million thanks to his endorsements.

The bottom half of the top 10 includes Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Anniston, Pitt and Kobe Bryant. This was the first appearance in the top 15 for Bryant, whose endorsement intake increased following the U.S. Basketball team’s gold medal in the Beijing Olympics.