Angelina Jolie turns 34 today, and what a birthday it is. Forbes just named her the number one most powerful celebrity in the world for their annual Celebrity 100 list. To be at the top of this totem pole, she had to beat out people like Oprah Winfrey, who fell to second place.
Factors in Forbes’ choice of Jolie include the fact that she has doubled her earnings over the past year, is the most famous star in the world right now, and is part of the “dialogue of popular culture nearly every day” due to her philanthropic work, her partner Brad Pitt, and her brood of children.
These qualities allowed Jolie to knock Winfrey from the top spot – which she held for two years in a row – even though her earnings are about one tenth as much as the talk show icon.
To create the list, Forbes considers media exposure and entertainment related earnings. This year’s top ten is dominated by women. The highest ranking man is Tiger Woods, at number 5. In third place is Madonna, partly due to her latest tour. In fourth place is singer/actress Beyonce Knowles, which was also her ranking last year. Numbers 6 through 10 are as follows: Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, and Kobe Bryant.