Wow Beyoncé is really running the world now!!...well in the Entertainment industry. Forbes just released a full list of 2014 100 world's most powerful celebrities and Beyoncé tops the list leaving Oprah Winfrey in fourth place! According to Forbes, Beyoncé topped the list due to her massive tour earnings from 95 shows bringing in an average $2.4 million per city. She also dropped her most innovative album. Titled simply "Beyoncé," the record hit iTunes in December with barely any publicity; the single "Drunk in Love" has already sold more than 1 million copies.
According to the article, she also got her earnings from endorsement deals, clothing company, line of fragrances and more earning are being anticipated from her tour with hubby Jay Z.
Talking of Jay Z, he came in sixth place on the list with an estimate of $60 million in earnings which were from his albums, shows and other business ventures.
In second place on the list is LeBron James.The basketball player was estimated to have earned $72 million last year. James recently announced that he’s opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat to become a free agent which could mean an even richer payday for James, who earns big endorsing companies like Coke and McDonald’s — or not if he decides to sacrifice salary to build a stronger roster around him.
In third place is Dr. Dre, who earned more in the past 12 months than anyone in the history of the Celebrity 100. Dre’s earnings is estimated at $620 million majorly due to Apple’s purchase of his Beats by Dre for $3 billion. The entrepreneur continues to be influential in the music business, mentoring Kendrick Lamar, who earned seven Grammy Award nominations this year.
Oprah Winfrey falls to fourth place this year with an estimated $82 million in earnings. The talk show host’s eponymous cable network, OWN, is finally turning around (it became cash-flow positive in 2013) and Winfrey helped make Lee Daniel’s The Butler a hit. But the three celebrities ranked above her just have more influence and power at this moment.
Rounding out the top five is another talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, who is estimated to have earned $70 million in the last 12 months. The new queen of daytime TV broke the Internet this year when she posted what has become the most famous “selfie” of all time. Aside from the ratings success of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 56-year-old CoverGirl is beefing up her producing roster. Her production company is working on pilots for the CW and NBC, and cable network HGTV will air a DeGeneres-produced design competition series next year.