Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Britney: Do You Agree With ‘Forbes’ Celeb 100 List Ranking?

Robbie Daw | June 29, 2010 11:05 am

Oprah Winfrey may indeed be the media queen, but it looks like the ladies of pop music are also staking their claim as money-making movers and shakers in 2010. Case in point: Forbes has unveiled its annual Celebrity 100 list, and Beyonce (#2), Lady Gaga (#4) and Britney Spears (#6) all landed in the Top 10. Even pop matron Madonna rounds out the tally’s upper tier at #10. Head below to see where other artists rank on the roundup of the rich and powerful.

First of all, don’t be too surprised to see Beyonce at #2. Between her music, touring, merchandising and endorsement deals, she earned a whopping $87 million over the past year—more than any other solo musician on the list. (U2, who are at #7, earned $130 million thanks to their top-selling 360° Tour, while AC/DC raked in $114 million and come in at #38.)

But Forbes‘ list isn’t just based on cash intake. It also considers radio and TV airtime, mentions in the press, social rank and, of course, popularity on the Internet. And sorry, Jay-Z—while your wife comes in at #2, you’re down at #15.

That brings us to Lady Gaga, a newcomer to the Forbes Celeb 100 list—albeit one who comes crashing in at #4. The publication notes, “She earned $31 million from a 106-date tour and her video for ‘Telephone’ (featuring Beyoncé) has been viewed 90 million times. Gaga’s Internet presence is so strong that she ranks first on our list for Web hits and social networking. With a new album in the works Gaga should have a long life on the Celebrity 100 list.”

On a final note, celebrities like Sandra Bullock and Tiger Woods, who both made it into the Top 10, appear to be scandal-proof when it comes to retaining their power—despite several less-than-favorable songs that take a jab at the latter doing the rounds.

THE TOP 10 OF FORBES CELEBRITY 100 LIST: 1. Oprah Winfrey 2. Beyonce Knowles 3. James Cameron 4. Lady Gaga 5. Tiger Woods 6. Britney Spears 7. U2 8. Sandra Bullock 9. Johnny Depp 10. Madonna

WHERE OTHER MUSIC-RELATED PERSONALITIES PLACED: 11. Simon Cowell 12. Taylor Swift 13. Miley Cyrus ——— 15. Jay-Z 16. Black Eyed Peas 17. Bruce Springsteen ——— 27. Pink ——— 35. Coldplay ——— 38. AC/DC ——— 40. Jonas Brothers ——— 44. Ryan Seacrest ——— 54. Kenny Chesney ——— 62. Rascal Flatts ——— 67. Toby Keith 68. Sean “Diddy” Combs ——— 74. Lil Wayne ——— 80. Akon