In a year filled with humbling bank failures and violent stock market swings, the earning power of the 2009 Celebrity 100 remained remarkably resilient. The cumulative earnings of the 2009 list totalled $4.1 billion, up slightly from last year's $4 billion haul. The annual Celebrity 100 list from Forbes magazine is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online). Earnings estimates are based on income from films, television shows, endorsements, books and other entertainment ventures. Sources include Billboard, Pollstar, Adams Media Research, Nielsen SoundScan, Nielsen BookScan, Nielsen Media Research and SNL Kagan. Fame is calculated using Web hits on Google Blog Search, TV/radio mentions on LexisNexis, overall press mentions on Factiva and the number of times a celebrity's image appeared on the cover of 25 consumer magazines.
This year’s list sees actress Angelina Jolie take the number one spot. Thanks to the release of several blockbuster movies and an endless sea of media attention. Oprah Winfrey drops to No. 2 on the list but pocketed $275 million in the last year, making her the list's top earner. Early next year, the self-made billionaire will roll out the lifestyle-themed Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications. Rounding out the top five on the list are: No. 3 pop icon Madonna ($110 million) whose Hard Candy album tour became the top-grossing international tour of 2008, bringing in $280 million on 58 concerts in 17 countries: No. 4 singer Beyoncé Knowles ($87 million); and No. 5 golfer Tiger Woods ($110 million).
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