Beyonce, LeBron James and Dr Dre top the annual ranking – while David Beckham, Madonna and Tom Cruise fail to make the cut
Beyonce has been named as the world’s most powerful celebrity, in an annual ranking produced by Forbes magazine.
The 32-year-old, who has earnt an estimated $115 million over the past 12 months, knocked Oprah Winfrey from the head of the list – with her husband, rapper Jay-Z, ranked sixth. She was not the highest earner, but her presence in the press and on social media assured her the top spot.
Forbes compiled its 15th annual list by estimating pre-tax earnings from June 1, 2013 to 2014 from tours, books, contracts, endorsements and films. Fame and influence is gauged by how often celebrities appeared in the media and the impact they had on the entertainment industry and culture.
Basketball player LeBron James was named as second, and record producer and rapper Dr Dre third – the most impressive rise on the list, climbing from 63rd spot last year, thanks to the phenomenal sales of his Beats headphones, which saw him earn $620 million.
The 49-year-old music mogul earned more money in the past 12 months than any other person in the history of its list.
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.
Madonna, David Beckham and actors Kristin Stewart, Charlize Theron and Tom Cruise all dropped off the list this year.