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Beyonce, LeBron James most powerful celebrities - Forbes

(Reuters) - U.S. pop singer Beyonce, basketball player LeBron James and record producer and rapper Dr. Dre headed Forbes' list of the world's most powerful celebrities released on Monday.

With estimated earnings of $115 million over the past 12 months and a string of chart hits, Beyonce, 32, nabbed the top spot on the annual list, pushing entertainment mogul Oprah, 60, from first place last year into fourth, while TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 56, jumped from No. 10 in 2013 to No. 5.

The top 10 spots included five men and five women.

Forbes credited Beyonce'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 No. 8 and Katy Perry at No. 9.

"The superstar 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 "Beyonce," which was released late last year, she earned millions from endorsement deals and her clothing line, and last week she kicked off her first world tour with Jay Z.

Musicians Take the Power
James, 29, who last week opted out of his NBA contract with the Miami Heat team, jumped from 16th place last year to No. 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 No. 3's Dr. Dre, born as Andre Romelle Young. He earned $620 million in 2014, and climbed from the 63rd spot in 2013.

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 pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2013 to 2014 from tours, books, contracts, endorsements, movies and residuals.

Fame and influence is gauged by how often celebrities appeared in the media and the impact they had on the entertainment industry and culture. Forbes also used StarCount, which looks at 11 social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to determine presence in social media.

While Forbes said the list measured global influence, those on it were mostly American.

Music producer and "Happy" singer Pharrell Williams was a newcomer to this year's list at No. 38, along with Grammy winner Bruno Mars at No. 13, actors Bradley Copper (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. (Reporting by Patricia Reaney; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Cynthia Osterman)

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Danny June 30 2014 at 4:01 PM

Oprah has let her racism become just a little too visible. Maybe that is part of her downturn in popularity, along with her gushing opinion of the Liar in Chief.

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jeffnevar June 30 2014 at 4:09 PM

Look at the top 3 : and still African americans claim this is a racist country which holds them down. Curious don't you think?

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terbob3 June 30 2014 at 4:07 PM

None of them are `Powerful' Just wealthy.

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terbob3 June 30 2014 at 4:37 PM

Celebrities they are, Powerful they are not! If these are our most influential and pwerful people, what a sad state of affairs we are in!

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HI BEAUTIFUL terbob3 July 01 2014 at 3:29 AM

Yup !!!

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Denny terbob3 July 01 2014 at 8:23 AM

Celebrities they are not either

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gmgpjandon June 30 2014 at 4:21 PM

And if not for the ignorant masses, they would all be tossing airline luggage. Or some other important job similar.

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joan June 30 2014 at 4:16 PM

So the list is all about money and not that they have done anything worthwhile with the money behind their power like encouraging Obama to start imposing the existing immigration laws rather than talk about spending money on a law he says he will sign as long as it agrees with what he wants to do and not what Congress proposes. Obama is the roadblock to progress and no one else. Just do your job Obama and impose the immigration laws already on the books and stop twisting words around to suit your pleasure.

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ectullis June 30 2014 at 5:06 PM

Yet another indication in the direction the country is heading.

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savannahswithgod ectullis June 30 2014 at 7:41 PM

Gee you didn't need this, all you needed was not to be in the great circle of Wall Street to see where this country is heading. And when those in that circle head out then you know America is no more. But happy 4th of July everybody, if we get there this year? Keep an eye on Wall Street, a bunch of cabs outside no happy 4th!

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Denny ectullis July 01 2014 at 8:24 AM

Afro Americanized!

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TR by ML Neal... June 30 2014 at 4:30 PM

"Most Powerful.." What does that mean? Powerful at what.. lifting weights, talking, being stupid and who comes up with these titles? If a person is dumber than a box of rocks but has money, does that make them powerful? It's stupid to ever come up with these titles.

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william01609 June 30 2014 at 4:01 PM

Who really cares.............what are they doing for their communities like Oprah did is what should count

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larry June 30 2014 at 7:59 PM

Oprah took a dive when she supported Barack Obama. Many no longer supported Oprah after she gave barack Obama and michelle a "platform" on her show. She lost a lot of respect. in my opinion, I don't want to know who the celebrities support.

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