Alpha Female

5th June 2009

The annual Forbes Celebrity 100 Power List has been unleashed, and pushing us all into insignificance is Mrs Jolie-Pitt herself, Angelina – Queen of the Celebs.

Judged on a mix of annual earnings and media visibility,  the Forbes list determines those public figures whose influence has spread globally into the very material of our everyday lives. Jolie has pushed Oprah Winfrey from her top spot, despite earning less than a tenth of her wage, showing just how powerful the Jolie brand has become. Interestingly more so than her husband's profile (he ranked ninth…one place behind Jennifer Aniston, that is). Indeed it was a great year for women generally, with the highest male, Tiger Woods, coming in fifth. Forbes spokeswoman Lacey Rose called it the "year of the woman. What we see at the top of the list is tabloid-targeted people who command a big attraction through their artistic work and at the news stands".

In terms of nationality, Britain ranked fairly poorly with Coldplay coming in top at fifteenth, and the list allowed no praise for this year's golden girl actress Kate Winslet, or the nation's favourite foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay. Elsewhere, Barack Obama charged forward with his plight to change history by becoming the first sitting president to feature on the list, thanks to the sales of his books and obviously the intense press coverage surrounding him during the election.

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