Beyoncé, Dr. Dre most powerful celebrities – Forbes

2014-07-01 13:56

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New York – US pop singer Beyoncé, basketball player LeBron James and record producer and rapper Dr. Dre headed Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful celebrities.

With estimated earnings of $115 million (R1.2 billion) over the past 12 months and a string of chart hits, Beyoncé (32) nabbed the top spot on the annual list released yesterday, pushing entertainment mogul Oprah (60) from first place last year into fourth, while TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (56) jumped from number 10 last year to fifth.

Forbes credited Beyoncé’s massive concert tour for pushing her into the top spot ahead of her husband, rapper Jay-Z, who ranked sixth, and singers Rihanna at number 8 and Katy Perry at number 9.

“[Beyoncé] played 95 shows, bringing in an average of $2.4 million,” said Forbes, referring to figures from Pollstar, which covered the concert industry.

Along with her latest hit album Beyoncé, she earned millions from endorsement deals and her clothing line, and last week she kicked off her first world tour with Jay Z.

Although Beyoncé was not the highest earner on the list, her presence in the press and on social media assured her the top spot.

James (29), who last week opted out of his NBA contract with the Miami Heat team, jumped from 16th place last year to number 2. He earned an estimated $72 million thanks to his performance on the basketball court, endorsement deals and the sale of headphone maker Beats Electronics to iPhone maker Apple Inc for $3 billion. James was a small part-owner of the business.

But the most impressive rise on the list was number 3’s Dr. Dre (born Andre Romelle Young). He earned $620 million this year, and climbed from the 63rd spot last year.

Forbes said the 49-year-old co-founder of Beats with music executive Jimmy Iovine, earned more money in the past 12 months than any other person in the history of its list.

Forbes compiled its 15th annual list by estimating pretax earnings from June 1 2013 to 2014 from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals.

Music producer and Happy singer Pharrell Williams was a newcomer to this year’s list at number 38, along with Grammy winner Bruno Mars at number 13, actors Bradley Cooper (48) and best actor Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey, who was 52.

Singer Madonna, retired soccer star David Beckham, actresses Kristin Stewart and Charlize Theron, property developer Donald Trump and actors Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Adam Sandler were among the celebrities who dropped off the list this year.

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