The list takes into account celebrities’ earnings, internet presence and press, TV and radio coverage. It would be interesting to see how they do that. Obviously Winfrey, whose chat show is watched by 30 million viewers each week in the US, and had estimated earnings of $260m (£131.8m).
Oprah Winfrey is the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to business magazine Forbes. Winfrey beat golfer Tiger Woods into second spot, with Madonna in third place following a successful tour. British stars in the top 20 include Sir Elton John, the Rolling Stones and David Beckham.