Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list is out, and Lady Gaga--shocker!--is number one this year, knocking poor Oprah from her first place spot. While Oprah earned a whopping $290 million to Gaga’s paltry $90 million, the Lady won out because of her wide-reaching influence via both traditional and social media. She’s everywhere and has some of the most rabid fans around. Whatever product or cause she touches benefits from its association with her.
Overall, fashion people didn’t get a lot of love on Forbes’ list this year, but there were a few shout-outs. (We should note that the Biebs is number three--he transcends categorization.) David Beckham is number 35, and Forbes reported that his “pitch prowess” has declined. We beg to differ now in light of his just-revealed lifestyle empire. He’ll surely be higher on the list next year.
Models did pretty well. Gisele, the highest-paid model in the world, was listed as number 60, Heidi Klum as 83, and Kate Moss at 94. (Larry the Cable Guy was higher on the list than Kate, which seems a bit sacrilegious, but sometimes we forget that the entire world doesn’t live for fashion.)
Sarah Jessica Parker was a bit of a surprise at number 73, not because she appeared, but because of the reasons why. Her acting career is defining her much less these days than her fashion associations, thanks to Carrie Bradshaw. Forbes highlighted her Halston title and fragrance deals as her accomplishments this year, with not a word about acting projects.
Next year we’d love to see Anna Wintour on this list. Did Forbes miss anyone obvious?