Forbes Magazine released its latest Celebrity 100 list. After slipping to second place the past two years, Forbes’ comeback kid is Oprah Winfrey. She has the honors of being ranked number one of all the celebs in the world.
After reading about Lady O, I immediately combed the list to see which movers and shakers in the sports world, specifically athletes, earned enough money, power, and respect to make the list. However, before I share who topped the list, get educated on what Forbes’ selection process and methodology entailed including the modified algorithm used to weed out nonessential reality show ‘celebs’:
We’ve revamped our algorithm for the 2013 Celebrity 100 with the goal of making a cleaner list that better reflects what accounts for celebrity power. In the past, we’ve given extra weight to magazine covers based on the logic that publications only select powerful, popular people for their valuable cover space.
But that emphasis had started to reward reality stars who know how to work the tabloid media but don’t actually have what we would consider power.
So we’ve scrapped that part of the metric.
The Celebrity 100 is based on entertainment-related earnings plus media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). We consider film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians.
To compile our earnings numbers, we talk to industry insiders, including agents, lawyers, producers and other experts, to come up with an estimate for what each celebrity earned between June 1, 2012, and June 1, 2013. Earnings consist of pretax gross income. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.
With that said, here are a few interesting takeaways:
- For the second year in a row, a total of 17 athletes made the list.
- A few athletes who dropped off of this year’s list include Peyton Manning, Alex Rodriguez and Li Na. They were replaced by Drew Brees, Usain Bolt, and Danica Patrick.
- Only one athlete, Roger Federer, broke the top 10.
- The NFL’s efforts of globalizing the sport might be paying off. The league has two representatives, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, on the list. That equals the NBA’s presence — LeBron James and Kobe Bryant — who have a much larger global footprint than the NFL.
- Despite some of the ridiculous salaries paid to MLB athletes, they’re nowhere to be found on the list.
Here’s the complete listing of athletes:
No. 8 Roger Federer
No. 15 Tiger Woods
No. 16 LeBron James
No. 19 David Beckham
No. 24 Kobe Bryant
No. 31 Christiano Ronaldo
No. 39 Lionel Messi
No. 48 Usain Bolt
No. 50 Drew Brees
No. 51 Rafael Nadal
No. 52 Phil Mickelson
No. 56 Serena Williams
No. 62 Maria Sharapova
No. 65 Tom Brady
No. 78 Manny Pacquiao
No. 88 Floyd Mayweather
No. 91 Danica Patrick
For the entire list of celebrities and more details on their rankings, hit the link.