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The world's most powerful celebrities

June 16, 2007 09:47 IST

It was a year of conquest in Hollywood. The worldwide box office soared to a record Rs 1.2 trillion, buoyed by global blockbusters like Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Sony's Da Vinci Code. Madonna reclaimed her title as the mightiest force in music, thanks to her record-breaking Confessions tour, which drew over a million fans and generated Rs 8.9 billion in ticket sales. And golf ace Tiger Woods banked Rs 4.6 billion, more in a single year than any athlete in history.

The Top Ten:

Rank

Name

1

Oprah Winfrey

2

Tiger Woods

3

Madonna

4

Rolling Stones

5

Brad Pitt

6

Johnny Depp

7

Elton John

8

Tom Cruise

9

Jay-Z

10

Steven Spielberg

Tinseltown's triumphs are reflected in this year's Celebrity 100, Forbes' annual list of the world's most powerful--and best-paid--celebrities. To generate the list, Forbes analyzes celebrity earnings, plus media metrics like Google hits, press mentions as compiled by Lexis/Nexis, TV/radio mentions from Factiva and the number of times an A-lister appears on the cover of 32 major consumer magazines.

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Most Powerful Celebrities 2007

Earnings estimates are for June 2006 to June 2007 and consist of dollars earned solely from entertainment-related income. Management, agent and attorney fees have not been deducted.

Tiger Woods wasn't the only one shattering Celebrity 100 records this year.

Thanks to his share in the box office gross of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, actor Johnny Depp made Rs 4.2 billion in the last 12 months, more than most any other actor has ever earned for a film role. (Mel Gibson made Rs 8.4 billion in 2004 from The Passion of the Christ, but as the producer and director.) With their Bigger Bang tour, the Rolling Stones now own bragging rights to the highest-grossing tour in history, with over Rs 18.3 billion in ticket sales.

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Lea Goldman, Forbes.com