Talk show queen and now television network owner, Oprah Winfrey, once again topped the coveted Forbes list. Winfrey has been named #1 on the Forbes 'Most Powerful Celebrity' list. She has topped the Forbes list before and keeps gaining momentum every year.
The Forbes list is based upon several factors, including annual earnings and net worth. This year, there's a twist: celebs are also judged on their 'marketability' score and 'social networking' credibility, television/radio and press ranking. With the social networking boom in full swing, one must now be considered based upon how the "Twitterverse," for example, mentions and hashtags their name.
Reiterating 'marketability,' the score (1-100) is based upon E-Poll ratings in 46 different categories. Other celebs on the list include Will Smith, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston. The 'social networking' aspect of judging is rated by a Singapore-based company, Starcount, that measures numbers across top platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google.
Oprah Winfrey's network has seen tough times in recent years, with shows that started off with full steam ahead, then sank in the ratings. One such former talk show was hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. The failure of that show proved that good friends don't always make good business and as a result, the show was canceled. New projects on the horizon have boosted ratings for the ailing television network and helped to land Oprah the top spot on Forbes; not too shabby.
Oprah's earnings from her television network tops out at a cool $77 million. She ranks 2nd in television/radio category, 10th in press, 25th in marketability and 19th in the social category.