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Lady Gaga comes on strong behind Oprah, Beyoncé on Forbes' Celebrity 100 power list

Lady Gaga drinks beer at a New York Mets game Lady Gaga has pulled off the celebrity version of zero-to-60 in two seconds -- in her first year on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list, she's rolled in at No. 4.

That puts her behind only No. 1 Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and James Cameron in the ranking of the most powerful celebs as measured by 12 months of entertainment-related earnings; media visibility in print, on TV, on radio and online; and social media presence. That last measure -- think Twitter and Facebook -- is new this year. 

Rounding out the top 10: Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, U2, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp and Madonna.

Gaga definitely knows how to work her product placement -- especially when she's paired with Beyoncé, as in their "Telephone" and "Videophone" efforts.

The other newcomers to the annual list, in order of appearance, are the Black Eyed Peas, Pink, soccer's Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Pattinson, Conan O'Brien, Kristen Stewart, Robert Downey Jr., Lil Wayne, Akon, Kate Hudson and Chelsea Handler. Click here for a video talking about the power of "The Twilight Saga" players, including Stephenie Meyer, who's on the list for a second year.

In other list news, Time magazine has published a celebrity list of its own: the top celebrity do-gooders, a look at "some of the most philanthropic celebrities and their causes." 

This list -- Bono, Kevin Costner, Jerry Lewis, Elton John, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Paul Newman, Danny Thomas, Oprah Winfrey, Hayden Panettiere -- seems much more subjective than Forbes' analytical effort.

Thomas died in 1991 and Newman died in 2008, so their contributions are noted in hindsight. And Panettiere makes the list for her "Save the Whales" work, which included auctioning off a dinner with herself. 

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: A powerful Lady Gaga watches the San Diego Padres play the New York Mets in Queens on June 10, 2010. She later flipped off cameras and generally got in trouble. Credit: Nick Laham / Getty Images


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Oprah fools the mainstream population and leverages her power, TV network to improve Black and White relationship. At the same time, ignoring other groups like Asian, Hispanics, Native Indian, Alaskian, Arab, Pacific Islander, and other groups. America is not about just Black and White any longer. Many groups have sizeable population. The stupid media, PR, and prejudice still exist in this country still thinking Black and White. I hate the fact anyone mention Black and White in this country. Asham, asham, look at the past, slavery and master White men led the door open and these people take advantage of the law, opportunities, and riot try to threaten America like LA, Oakland, etc. America needs to recognize groups that make great contribution to this country such as commerce, technology, science, education, research, biology, culture, art, food, etc. Not rap music and all those gangers culture in modern society.

In fact, we have more crimes, prison population in this contry

i am very happy for beyonce she work very to get were she is may god countiue to bless her for life and countiue to grow and grow i love you bey

WHY IN THE HELL EVERYONE WANT OPRAH TO CARRY THE BANNER FOR ALL THE OTHER RACES OF PEOPLE. THEY DO NOT DO IT FOR BLACKS. WHERE WERE THEY WHEN WE AS AFRICAN aMERICAN WERE STRUGGLING AND STILL STRUGGLING WITH JIM CROW LAWS, AND THEY WERE FREE, WHERE IN THE HELL WERE THEY. YOU WILL NOT FIND ANY OTHER RACE OF POEPLE OUT THERE CHAMPION THE CAUSE OF BLACK FOLKS. THEY ALL CAME IN ON OUR COATAILS. DO SOMETHING FOR US PLEASE. I AM PROUD OF OPRAH FOR MAINTAINING HER BLACKNESS UNLIKE TIGER WOOD. GET OFF OF OPRAH AND FIND SOME HISPANIC TO WALK THE WALK.

Congrats Lady Gaga!

I'm so proud to see that the top two richest celebs are african american like myself. It's funny how people come up with different reasons for there success, other than the fact that these ladies worked hard for it. I hate that people an america still see african american as a struggled race, that only applys for the blacks that settle for that type of life. My family struggled for years in a urban area of mississippi but, only until my parents decided to live for the better instead of the worse. Because of that decision that my parents made years ago, i didn't have to be apart of that lifestyle. I'm only 19 and i'm the owner of two homes here in beverly hills. Life is all about the choices we make, and if it weren't for god my family wouldn't live so a money care free life. And for my black people that make bad choices, there is no one holding you guys down, you are your own slave masters. You have the choice to free yourselves. There is no one holding us down anymore, we have the same freedom as everyone else here in the United States Of America. God said he'll give you life and it more abundantly but, only if we'll let him.


i though lady gaga would be atleast number three haha conngratz anyways keep it going

This should be called the list of the biggest sellouts. My favorite artist is Chris Martin of Coldplay, who never does commercial endorsements, so will not likely make this list. By the logic of the criteria used to create this list, Sally Fields should be moving up the list with her incessant, irritating radio and TV commercials for Boniva. Few things are as despicable, IMO than an artist who becomes a whore for the commercial and corporate world, and that is what all the people on the "Power List" mentioned in this article are about.

Congratulations Gaga! I'm So Proud Of You!


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