Wednesday, June 26, 2013

How Madonna is Forbes’s biggest moneymaker?


It's not surprising that Oprah Winfrey has topped Forbes's Celebrity 100 list, which ranks the world's most powerful stars. What is surprising, however, is that in the past year, the Queen of Daytime TV has actually earned lessthan the Queen of Pop.
Based on the past year's earnings, media mentions, Internet presence (including social networking), and marketability, Forbes found Oprah (who ranked No. 2 in 2012, behind Jennifer Lopez) to be the most powerful 2013 celeb.
But while Oprah made an estimated $77 million between June 2012 and this month (a "drastic" fall from the $165 million she made the year before), Madonna topped the moneymakers on the top 100 with $125 million -- this despite the fact that she only appeared in fifth place on Forbes's list.
According to the magazine, the 54-year-old "Superstar" singer's money comes from her MDNA Tour, which reportedly grossed $305 million. Madonna also boosted her earnings by selling merchandise as well as her Material Girl clothing line and Truth or Dare fragrance, not to mention her various investments.
Included in the top five between Oprah and Madge are Lady Gaga, Steven Spielberg, and Beyoncé. Gaga may have injured her hip earlier this year, causing her to abruptly cancel her Born This Way Tour, but the tour still brought in $168 million -- and Gaga earned $80 million; she also dominated Twitter. Spielberg earned $100 million thanks to his hit film "Lincoln," not to mention his production credits on "Men in Black 3." Beyoncé, meanwhile, made $53 million thanks to her Mrs. Carter World Tour and her deals with the likes of Pepsi and H&M.
As for the Canadian contingent, Justin Bieber managed to squeak into the top 10 at No. 9, earning $58 million in the past year (landing the top spot for social networking). The 19-year-old "Believe" singer, who nabbed the third position last year, reportedly achieved his rank through Twitter and by buying into startups like Spotify.