Are Indians so non-celebrated, so non-powerful? It appears so, seeing the latest Forbes’ list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Celebrities, released Wednesday. Lady Gaga topped the list bumping Oprah Winfrey from the top.
“These days that means mastering social media. Lady Gaga is there not just because of the $90 million she earned with a monster tour, but also because of her 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers,” says Forbes backing its decision.
So gone are the days when India produced Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss Earth one-after-another! Or India has been deliberately left-out to blackmail Indian Page 3s?
According to Forbes, an American media company, the Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online).
“We also measure social media power by looking at each celebrity’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. The earnings consist of pretax income between May 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted.”
Forbes has been publishing the list annually since 1999. Click here for the complete list of Forbes’ Most Powerful Celebrities.