1. Oprah Winfrey
There is none more influential than Oprah Winfrey, who has built a financial empire based on her ability to speak and have meaningful conversations with fellow celebrities. She has her own television network, OWN, and is active in a variety of social projects and philanthropy. Her net worth is estimated to be over $2 billion.
2. Lady Gaga
From stylish attire to chart-topping songs, Lady Gaga has built a reputation as a trend-setter and a small fortune in the process. Her music has influenced global audiences, and she continues to make records that intrigue and push the boundaries of artistic expression. She earned over $80 million in 2013, and her wealth continues to grow.
3. Beyonce Knowles
As a solo performer, Beyonce Knowles has proven highly successful and popular among young audiences. Her music is influential and is thought to be empowering for women, which makes Beyonce a very powerful persona in the U.S. and other parts of the world. In 2013, her earnings exceeded $50 million.
Madonna is an entertainment icon with numerous hit songs and a history of controversial views. Her music has inspired entire generations to live their lives to the fullest. Her earnings topped over $100 million in 2013 and her fortune continues to grow.
5. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is another musician that has amassed a large following and influences the minds of young adults all over the world. According to Forbes, her fourth album, Red, sold more than 1.2 million copies in one week when it was released in October of 2012.
6. Ellen DeGeneres
As a talk show personality, Ellen DeGeneres has won over large audiences with her humorous approach to celebrity interviews. For 2013, Forbes reports that The Ellen DeGeneres Show drew in approximately 3.5 million viewers on a daily basis. Ellen’s reach and wealth make her a powerful personality.
7. Jennifer Lopez
Actress, musician and performer Jennifer Lopez is one of the most recognizable figures in American pop culture. Her movies and music have influenced people on a global scale, and she continues to draw interest from an admiring public. In 2013, her earnings were in excess of $40 million.
Another musician and actress that has won great fame is Rihanna. Her music is popular around the world, and she performs on a regular basis for shows like the X Factor. Her 2013 earnings exceed $40 million, and her fame and influence continue to grow.
9. Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is one of the sexiest people on earth and is one of the most popular female stars in Hollywood. She is famous for her antics as a young performer and her marriage to Brad Pitt. Fans follow her style and her philanthropic tendencies. Her 2013 revenues exceeded $30 million.