Oprah Winfrey has been named the world's most powerful celebrity. The US chat show host beat golfer Tiger Woods and Madonna to top Forbes magazine's annual list, Celebrity 100. The list takes into account celebrities' earnings, internet presence and press, TV and radio coverage. Last year, Oprah - whose talk show is watched by 30 million US viewers each week - was beaten to the top spot by Tom Cruise. However, her estimated earnings of $260 million secured her pole position this year.
A Forbes spokeswoman said: "A combination of strong financials and her enduring influence on the US public, which could see her affecting the outcome of next year's US elections, is enough to propel her back into the top spot." Second-placed Tiger banked $100 million, the most a professional sportsperson has ever earned in one year. Madonna, who was in third place, missed out on last year's list but the success of her 2006 'Confessions Tour' helped to boost her earnings and press coverage.
Others stars included in the prestigious list include, Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, Sir Elton John and David Beckham - whose $250 million five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team propelled him from 43rd place to 15th. Stars who failed to make the cut this year include, Jim Carrey, Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz and Paris Hilton.