Thursday, 4 June 2009

Double Celebration for Angelina

Its not only Angelina Jolie’s birthday today, but she has also been named the most powerful celebrity in the world according to The Annual Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List, knocking Oprah Winfrey off the top spot in the process.

In a mixed year for Britons, Coldplay led the UK charge coming in at number 15 thanks to the success of their Viva la Vida album.

There was no room though for chef Gordon Ramsay and Harry Potter writer JK Rowling, both of whom dropped off the list.

The Forbes celebrity power index is determined by annual earnings and media visibility.

Oprah Winfrey was named top earner, taking home 275 million dollars (£168 million), but was beaten to the top by Angelina who despite earning less than a 10th of Oprah's wage was named most powerful celebrity due to her near omnipresence in the pages of tabloids and celebrity magazine.

Golfer Tiger Woods came in at fifth on the annual index, the only man represented in the top five.

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