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Simon Cowell #11; Ellen DeGeneres #23; Ryan Seacrest #44 on Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list for 2010

ellen-and-simon-entertainment-weekly-coverSimon Cowell moved up from no. 25 to 11 on the Forbes Most Powerful Celebrity list, based on pay ($80 million), TV/radio coverage (20 out of the top 100), traditional press coverage (20), Internet chatter (46)  and social media strength (64). (The social media component was added this year as a factor.)

Ellen DeGeneres climbed from 40 to 23, aided of course by her arrival on “Idol” as a judge. She took home an estimated $55 million, ranked 31 for TV/radio coverage, 58 for traditional press, 50 for Web chatter and a whopping 5 for social media.

Ryan Seacrest, the king of consistency, held at No. 44. He earned an estimated $51 million, ranked 41 for TV/radio coverage, 83 for traditional press, 75 for Web chatter and 14 for social media. (He loves to use Twitter!)

Carrie Underwood, ranked No. 75 a year ago, is off the list. In fact, not a single “Idol” alum made the top 100.

Oprah topped the list (bumping Angelina Jolie down to #18), followed by Beyonce, James Cameron (Avatar), Lady Gaga and Tiger Woods. Check out the top 100 here. Check out the 2009 list for comparison.

The magazine also wrote a separate piece about how Seacrest does it.

By his own admission, Seacrest, 35, is a man without a shtick. He doesn’t act, he doesn’t sing, he doesn’t dance. Yet he has parlayed the art of being inoffensive–as well as considerable business smarts and superhuman drive–into 35 hours of weekly airtime and a Rolodex the envy of TMZ. Last year he pulled in $51 million, putting him (with help from Web visibility and other measures) at No. 44 on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

The mag breaks down his income to $15 mil from “Idol,” $15 mil from E! and related entities, $15 mil from his radio shows, $5 mill from endorsements and $1 mil from assorted hosting gigs.

The story also notes that he now drives an Aston Martin DB9. Not bad!

26 comments Add your comment

JTesla

June 29th, 2010
5:44 pm

Thanks Rodney. However, it kind of shows how Idol has become all about the judges.

Deirdre

June 29th, 2010
5:49 pm

Oprah topped the list (bumping Angelina Jolie down to #18)

That’s one heck of a “bump”.

JTesla

June 29th, 2010
5:58 pm

If Oprah says “You’re #18″ well there you go, #18.

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 29th, 2010
6:09 pm

meh. still don’t care much for oprah, or ellen, or many in the top whatever. powerful and rich they may be but…. well…. meh.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
5:15 am

Good Morning!

More teennage angst in “Eclipse”: fake drama surrounding Bella who HAS made up her mind about Edward but likes to keep wolf Jacob on a leash. Great scenery, but movie itself is treading water, anticipating the bridezilla moments of book 4 (in movies 4 AND 5)…

Am I the only one wondering why Stephenie Meyetr’s vampires have no fangs? And why no one in that rainy corner of the world never uses wooden stakes to devamp the area?

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
8:02 am

Morning!

My son’s girl friend went to see Eclipse at midnight. Loved it! But she’s a big fan so who knows if it’s any good. I haven’t seen the first 2 yet.

I AM looking forward to the 2 part Harry Potter finale. The trailer makes it clear that they’re no longer children anymore.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
8:08 am

Constantine’s girlfriend is pregnant.

Carlo Aponti, the newest AGT phenom, reminds me of that Andy Kaufman character Latka. The effect, when he starts to sing, is like Jim Nabors going from Gomer Pyle to an opera singer. It’s disconcerting. He has a very good but sadly untrained voice….but I can see him winning(or coming in second) a la Susan Boyle. Same idea…great voice coming out of the wrong body. He’s not nearly as good as you first think he is.

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
8:32 am

Had the weirdest dream last night. A bunch of us bloggers (plus Rodney – he was the only one wearing a hat) were in a room somewhere when in walked the Cookster. He looked kinda scruffy in a longer than normal beard.

He was a nice as could be, and said hi to all of us. I told him how much my wife loves his music and he asked me if she had his new CD. I told him we didn’t know one was out, and he reached in a pocket and pulled out one an gave it to me. He even autographed it for my wife!

I knew I liked him! :-)

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
8:52 am

Don’t often agree with Kara but I’m with her 100% on this:

“American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi is voting for Harry Connick, Jr., to replace Simon Cowell as her sidekick on the talent show.

The crooner jumped to the top of the favorites list after he mentored the finalists for an episode on the latest season of the show — and songwriter DioGuardi insists he’d be the perfect for the role.

She says, “The way that he worked with the contestants, he really cared about them. I thought he was really, really great.”

Cowell quit the show last month and Connick, Jr., Bret Michaels and former “Idol” star Adam Lambert have emerged as frontrunners to take his seat on the judging panel.

Woodpappy

June 30th, 2010
9:10 am

I’d agree with Connick or Michaels….but No Lambert for me. He hasn’t the experience nor paid his dues in my opinion.

Rickster

June 30th, 2010
9:16 am

And if “the guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?)” were to become judge… I’ll put some kind of software block on my U-Verse so I couldn’t watch Idol.

kelly&carriefan

June 30th, 2010
9:16 am

Hey y’all,

Man, “he doesn’t act, sing or dance…” Just HOW can I turn into the next Ryan? ;)

Mercedes, The whole idea that it’s a triangle is funny. I’ve read the books and I’m definitely looking forward to catching the movie in the next couple of days. I don’t expect to be wowed, but will enjoy it for what it is. As far as fangs and wooden stakes, Stephanie Meyer’s version of vampires is very much kid-friendly. I mean, what self-respecting vamp sparkles?

Rickster, that’s a cute little dream you had there. I’ve had a few with Kelly and Carrie. And no, not those kind of dreams…usually.

D, I think that might be one of the smartest things Kara’s said in a while. I do agree with that. Harry would be a much better choice than Bret or Adam (!). Which, since when is he even in the running? Doesn’t he have a music career to tend to?

So, Lilith Fair news, in case anyone cares, (and it relates to Kelly). Yesterday I was reading how the ticket sales were doing poorly, leading to Norah Jones pulling out of the tour. Well, last night, I heard that Kelly is pulled out of 3 dates. Not sure if she’s pulling out completely yet. That’s a disappointment, but the people behind Lilith really have done a piss poor management job.

Deirdre

June 30th, 2010
9:35 am

I’m all for former Idols, winners and non-winners alike, acting as mentors but I don’t think any of them would be ready to be a judge yet.

Too bad about Lilith Fair…and the bad news will only serve to make things worse, unfortunately.

I like my vampires all grown up…unless it’s Jessica, Bill’s baby-vamp on True Blood. She’s a hoot.

JTesla

June 30th, 2010
10:33 am

Vampires are played out. Oh and the stupidest thing EVER is vampires that glitter in the sunshine.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
10:48 am

Greetings from Savannah. TRied to avoid Atlanta rush hour by leaving house at 5:20. News to me, but I guess everybody else in ATL already knew – here, it’s rush hour 24/7.

Guess Bret Michaels is out of Idol Judge running now that he’s losing his memory. How terribly sad. Is he even taking his illness seriously? One of my god children, young man, 32, had a weird brain tumor just show up a year ago. Operation succesful, but it affected my godson in ways no onbe had expected. He quit his big city banking job and moved with his wife and baby daughter to the small island where his wife grew up… in case he didn’t have much time left.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
10:49 am

Obviously my “here” meant ATlanta, not Savannah.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
10:51 am

And JT, the vampires on “True Blood” are so NOT played out.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
11:08 am

Forgot to say, re “Eclipse”, that one saving grace of the movie is time given Edward’s “brother” Jasper, the very cool Jackson Rathbone. He also has a big part in “The Last Airbender”.

Mercedes S.

June 30th, 2010
11:08 am

And now I will shut up.

The Negster

June 30th, 2010
11:42 am

I guess this proves that people I have interest in are not extremely wealthy.

Rodney Ho

June 30th, 2010
11:58 am

New blog entry. More about Ryan thanks to the Larry King announcement.

Celeb Watchers

June 30th, 2010
6:33 pm

Lady Gaga just continues to mesmerize this country. I can’t get enough. I she told me to go jump in the lake, I’d consider it. If she told me to go F myself, I’d consider that too. In fact, I can’t think of a thing she’d tell me to do that I wouldn’t consider doing. Now that’s influential.

I luv Gaga.

and I vote Brett Michaels for new Idol judge!!!

GOAL digger

June 30th, 2010
6:35 pm

How was Angelina Jolie ever #1 in the first place? Let alone above Oprah?

Dante

June 30th, 2010
8:24 pm

Oprah is way overrated. The ratings for her television show are at an all time low. Seriously, Judge Judy beats Oprah in ratings. At least she can see the writing on the wall and knows that it’s time to move on. I’m sure all of the syndicates are relieved to see her end the show.

COCOPOP

June 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

About Lucas McCain (Thr Rifleman) ?

Ain't that the Truth, Ruth

July 1st, 2010
7:45 am

Celeb Watchers, you sound like a completely mindless, conformist, low self-esteem lost soul. A 23-year old singer is your God? I apologize and excuse you if you are 13, but I don’t think you are.