Using a formula that combines money and fame, Forbes magazine says Britney Spears tops its latest Celebrity 100 list. The 2002 list quantifies celebrity by combining earning power with star power, including press clips, TV and radio mentions, magazine cover stories, and Web site hits.
“This year’s champ: Britney Spears. She doesn’t have Steven Spielberg’s pull, but in the last year she arguably had a bigger impact on pop culture,” the magazine said in its July 8 issue, on newsstands Monday (June 24).
The 20-year-old Spears has three multi-platinum albums to her credit. She recently branched out into film, with a starring role in “Crossroads” behind her and a NASCAR-themed film in development. Her new restaurant, an American bistro dubbed Nyla, recently opened in a New York’s Dylan Hotel.
Other music acts in the top-10 of the list are Madonna (No. 4), U2 (No. 5), ‘N Sync (No. 6), and Mariah Carey (No. 7). Jennifer Lopez ranked No. 12 on the tally, while the Backstreet Boys were listed at No. 19, Dave Matthews Band at No. 24, and Elton John at No. 25. Boston-based rock outfit Aerosmith pulled in at No. 44, one slot ahead of radio personality Howard Stern.
Eric Clapton made the list at No. 52, while Ozzy Osbourne’s clan ranked at No. 85. The only other artists to make the list were popster Mandy Moore (No. 86) and teenage rapper Bow Wow (No. 92).
Tom Cruise, last year’s No. 1, didn’t make the new list, although his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman, did — at No. 27. The rest of the top-10 is rounded out by golfer Tiger Woods (No. 2), Steven Spielberg (No. 3), Oprah Winfrey (No. 8), Michael Jordan (No. 9), and Tom Hanks (No. 10).
The full list is also available on the Forbes Web site, where it is broken down by rank, money, Web hits, and various press impressions.
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