The Celebrity 100

By Forbes

4. U2
(who can be bothered reading all 100? Everyone only checks who's at the top anyway)
This list compiled by Forbes, is the top 100 most Powerful Celebrities. Personally the way Tom Cruise is acting at present I don't think he tops any lists unless they're based on Loonies.

To generate the list, we used a combination of factors including income, Web
references as calculated by
Google (nasdaq:
GOOG - news - people ), press clips as compiled by Lexis/Nexis, TV/radio mentions from Factiva and the number of times a celebrity's face has appeared on the cover of 26 major consumer magazines. Earnings estimates are for June 2005 to June 2006 and are dollars earned solely from entertainment income. Management, agent and attorney fees have not been deducted.
The year's biggest winners were the entertainment stalwarts. The 20 most powerful names in show business include seasoned old-school performers such as the Rolling Stones (No. 2) and U2 (No. 4), even Muhammad Ali (No. 13).
The Champ cracked the top 20, despite not having boxed a single round in almost 25 years, when he sold the rights to his name and likeness last year for $50 million. Tiger Woods, who has been in the top five for the last five years straight, once again is ranked fifth, making $90 million over the last year, mostly from endorsements (although with $58 million in career earnings, Woods has made 25% more from actually playing golf than any golfer in history).

.....But despite being pilloried and parodied after pairing up with an ingenue 16 years his junior (nevermind the couch-jumping antics), Tom Cruise still reins supreme at the box office--and on our list. Love him or hate him, Cruise, who earned $67 million last year alone, is Hollywood's most bankable star.

Ew. Take your child bride and be gone.

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