Saturday 25 November 2017

Influential J-Lo hits top spot on 'Forbes' celebrity ranking

Jennifer Lopez has topped the annual 'Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, taking over from fellow pop singer Lady Gaga and beating out media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

The 42-year-old singer, actress and dancer, who rose up from her humble birthplace of the Bronx, New York, jumped from 50th place on last year's list, which measures power by entertainment-related earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.

'Forbes' estimated Ms Lopez's earnings in the past 12 months at $52m (€40m), and her top ranking is powered by her lucrative gig as a judge on 'American Idol' and millions of Twitter and Facebook followers.

Ms Winfrey, who has admitted struggling with her OWN TV network after ending 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' last year, kept her Number 2 slot, earning an estimated $165m (€130m).

Irish Independent

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