(NEW YORK) — Forbes magazine has released its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities, and American Idol’s Jennifer Lopez tops the list for the first time ever.
According to Forbes, once Lopez landed the American Idol judging job, it revived her career and gave her a platform to build her empire. She now has big endorsement deals with L’Oreal and Gillette, a clothing line at Kohl’s, a fragrance line, and another show, Q’Viva!, with her ex-husband Marc Anthony.
She has a strong social media presence, with 12 million Facebook fans and 6.6 million Twitter followers, and she’s reportedly earning $20 million for her second season on Idol.
Oprah Winfrey is in the number two slot, with pop sensation Justin Bieber rounding out the top three.
The rankings were determined by money earned and fame.
Forbes defines fame as “media visibility in print, television, radio and online, plus social media power,” which the magazine measures by looking at a celebrity’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. Money earned was determined only by dollars earned between May 1, 2011 and May 1, 2012.
Other celebrities who made the Forbes list:
#7 — Kim Kardashian
#9 — Tom Cruise
#10– Steven Spielberg
#12 — Tiger Woods
#13 — Angelina Jolie
#20 — Tyler Perry
#22 — Jennifer Aniston
#28 — Brad Pitt
#29 — Ryan Seacrest
#34 — Ellen DeGeneres
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Jeff Peterson, Deseret News
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