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Lady Gaga Tops Forbes Celebrity 100

Forbes's Most Powerful Lady Gaga Beats Oprah: Who's Your Pick?

This year's Forbes Celebrity 100 list is out, and Lady Gaga takes the No. 1 spot, beating out No. 2 celeb Oprah Winfrey. This is a notable changeup in the annual list of most powerful people in the entertainment business, given that in the past seven years Oprah has been No. 1 four times. One reason the pop singer beat out the talk show host, despite making less money ($90 million vs. $290 million), was that Forbes took media influence more into consideration.

Here's what earned Lady G her spot at the top:

  • More than 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers.
  • "Born This Way" had 1 million digital downloads in five days — fastest-selling song in iTunes history.
  • 15 million albums sold worldwide.
  • Endorsement deals with Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam, and PlentyOfFish.com.
  • A Russian billionaire paid a cool $1 million to cameo in "Alejandro" music video.

Between the two women, who would you rank as the most powerful celeb? And share your reasons why in the comments!

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Pistil Pistil 5 years
I'd say the middle-aged crowd that Oprah appeals to is just as impressionable. Plus Lady Gaga doesn't even have a book club or Dr. Phil.
Burkina Burkina 5 years
Lady Gaga is more powerful honestly. The younger crowd, that she appeals to are very impressionable and easily swayed. They worship her.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I'm not even an Oprah fan and I understand that she tops Lady Gaga!
stephley stephley 5 years
The BronxZoosCobra has 241,000 twitter followers.
stephley stephley 5 years
Seems silly to equate numbers with influence. NBC’s Brian Williams has 33,000 followers on Twitter and has tweeted twice. Gaga doesn’t strongly influence the age or income range that Oprah does. I don’t think she’ll have anything near Oprah’s public longevity.
icecreamsprinkle icecreamsprinkle 5 years
I still think Oprah is more powerful. Record sales aren't everything.
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