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NEW YORK — Oprah Winfrey has replaced Tom Cruise as the most world’s most powerful celebrity and jailbird Paris Hilton has dropped off the annual Forbes magazine list of the 100 most influential stars.
Golfer Tiger Woods ranked second while singer Madonna was No. 3 on the list, which aggregates earnings and media presence to evaluate a celebrity’s power.
Winfrey jumped two spots on the ninth annual list, released Thursday, with earnings of $260 million from various media ventures. Woods moved up from No. 5 but made less than half of what Winfrey made, with $100 million in the past 12 months.
Lea Goldman, editor of the Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List, said Winfrey’s ranking was no surprise.
“She is pretty much a top five perennial, just based on her earnings alone she usually ranks up there,” Goldman said.
Madonna was not in the top 100 last year, but Goldman said she made the new list after becoming the highest-grossing female artist in history with her “Confessions” tour and for hitting the headlines by adopting of a baby boy from Malawi. Her earnings for the year were $72 million.
The Rolling Stones, who Forbes said earned $88 million this year, took the fourth spot, slipping from No. 2 last year.
After making the Forbes rankings for the past three years, Hilton was off the 2007 list. Also not making the cut were two other young women with party-girl reputations — Lindsay Lohan, who has not made the list since 2005, and Britney Spears, last ranked in 2002.
“We look at celebrities as brands and when you talk about those girls, you’re talking about diminished brand value,” Goldman said. “It’s not enough to just be a headline, and it’s not enough to pocket a paycheck — you have to have both.”
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