In celebrityland’s most famous triangle, Jennifer Aniston out-earned Angelina Jolie last year – but the former Friends star was still ranked several places beneath her nemesis on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list, released Tuesday.
Jolie, ranked the 18th most-powerful celebrity, and partner Brad Pitt, ranked No30, earned $20 million (Dh73.4m) each, while Aniston powered ahead with earnings of $27m, only placing at No26 on the list.
Aniston continues to make money from Friends residuals and has a lucrative deal with Glaceau Smartwater, while Jolie, despite having had no movie released last year, still appeared on 38 magazine covers. Pitt’s current partner topped the list last year, but was dethroned this time around by a recovering Oprah Winfrey.
The chat-show queen powered ahead of pants-less pop star Lady Gaga, who ranked No4, and sexy vampires Kristen Stewart (No66) and Robert Pattinson (No50), both of whom joined the list for the first time.
Winfrey was also the list’s top earner, having pocketed a cool $315m last year.
Despite stock market swings and a global economy that seems reluctant to restart, the earnings power of the Celebrity 100 remains remarkably resilient. The stars on the list collectively earned $4.7 billion this year, up from the $4.1 billion they banked a year earlier, Forbes said.
The list was released yesterday and ranks celebrities according to entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). Because of the growing power of social networks, each star was given a social media ranking that reflects his or her presence on Facebook and Twitter.
It tracks pre-tax income between June 1, 2009, and June 1, 2010, and management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted from the earnings.
Lady Gaga was the highest-ranked newcomer, leading a group that includes the Black Eyed Peas ($48m), Conan O'Brien ($38m) and Twilight co-stars Pattinson and Stewart. Gaga also topped the social media and web rankings.
Tiger Woods was the highest-ranked sportsman, and despite all the negative publicity surrounding his personal life, he managed a comfortable $105 million between June 2009 and June 2010.
Former fixtures who fell off the list are blockbuster hero Will Smith, placed at No11 last year with earnings of $45m, and rapper 50 Cent, who ranked at No50 last year with income of $20m. While no film starring Smith hit cinemas over the year in question, 50’s last album, Before I Self Destruct, sold a paltry 500,000 copies.
The top 10 on the list, according to rank:
1. Oprah Winfrey ($315m)
2. Beyoncé Knowles ($87m)
3. James Cameron ($210m)
4. Lady Gaga ($62m)
5. Tiger Woods ($105m)
6. Britney Spears ($64m)
7. Sandra Bullock ($56m)
8. U2 ($130m)
9. Johnny Depp ($75m)
10. Madonna ($58m)