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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 25: Beyonce performs during opening night of the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Sun Life Stadium on June 25, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Oprah Winfrey poses backstage at the hit musical 'After Midnight' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theater on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - JUNE 19: Ellen DeGeneres sighting on June 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 25: Jay-Z performs during opening night of the 'On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z' at Sun Life Stadium on June 25, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Parkwood Entertainment)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks onstage during the 'BET AWARDS' 14 held at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Rihanna attends the Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' Awards held at the Sony Studios on June 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: (Exclusive Coverage; Editorial Use Only) Katy Perry performs onstage during 'The Prismatic World Tour' at the Verizon Center on June 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Actress Jennifer Lawrence attends 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' photocall at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Calvin Harris attends the Capital Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on June 21, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 27: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the second round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 27, 2014 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 28: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his Gentlemen's Singles third round match against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan (not seen) on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London, England on June 28, 2014. (Photo by Yunus Kaymaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 07: Musician Bruce Springsteen performs onstage during USC Shoah Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Glenn Frey (R) and Don Henley (L) perform during a concert by legendary American rockband 'Eagles' at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on May 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / PAUL BERGEN ***Netherlands out*** (Photo credit should read PAUL BERGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 10: Justin Timberlake performs on stage at the 02 Arena on June 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Author James Patterson visit the SiriusXM studios for 'SiriusXM's Town Hall with James Patterson and special guest Grant Hill' at SiriusXM Studio on June 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Singer Pharrell Williams speaks onstage during the BET Awards '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Emmy-award winning television host and comedian Jon Stewart attends the 2014 Achilles Hope & Possibility 5 Miler, funded by the Cigna Foundation at Central Park on June 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 30: Actor Mark Wahlberg attends the Transformers: Age of Extinction press conference (german title: Transformers - Aera des Untergangs) at Ritz Hotel on June 30, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Hugh Jackman attends the Julia Glushko v Sabine Lisicki match on centre court during day two of the Wimbledon Championships at Wimbledon on June 24, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 25: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens) Actor Ashton Kutcher attends day 1 of 2014 Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 25, 2014 in Indio, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
Russia's Maria Sharapova blows a kiss to spectators after winning her women's singles third round match against US player Alison Riske on day six of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 28, 2014. Sharapova won 6-3, 6-0. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW YATES - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Vin Diesel is seen filming 'Fast & Furious 7' on June 02, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 14: Ben Affleck is seen on May 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 21: Joss Whedon attends the 'Much Ado About Nothing' Paris Premiere at Cinema UGC Normandie on January 21, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28: Serena Williams of the United States speaks during a press conference after losing her Ladies' Singles third round match to Alize Cornet of France on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon on June 28, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/AELTC/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 10: Musician Kenny Chesney presents Dale Morris with the Tony Martell Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the T.J. Martell Foundation Nashville Honors Gala at the Omni Hotel on March 10, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for the T.J. Martell Foundation)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: J.J. Abrams attends the UK Premiere of 'A New York Winter's Tale' at ODEON Kensington on February 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the Trevor Project's 2014 'TrevorLIVE NY' Event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
US actress Angelina Jolie waves as she poses during a photo session before a press conference to promote her latest film 'Maleficent' in Tokyo on June 24, 2014. The film, which opened in the US in late May, will hit cinemas across Japan on July 5. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Kevin Spacey attends the UK Premiere of 'Now' at Empire Leicester Square on June 9, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actress Kerry Washington attends the 2014 BET Awards at Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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(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.

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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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