Forbes taps Oprah as most powerful celeb on planet

Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah Winfrey was reared by her grandmother on a farm where she "began her broadcasting career" by learning to read aloud and perform recitations at the age of three. From age six to 13, she lived in Milwaukee with her mother. After suffering abuse and molestation, she ran away and was sent to a juvenile detention home at the age of 13, only to be denied admission because all the beds were filled. As a last resort, she was sent to Nashville to live under her father's strict discipline. Vernon Winfrey saw to it that his daughter met a midnight curfew, and he required her to read a book and write a book report each week. "As strict as he was," says Oprah, "he had some concerns about me making the best of my life, and would not accept anything less than what he thought was my best." || http://bit.ly/d0ipaW || http://bit.ly/bYnNeE

She’s one of the biggest names in media and philanthropy in the world and Oprah Winfrey has been named as the most powerful celebrity on the planet by Forbes magazine.

Ms. Winfrey displaced Angelina Jolie for the top spot, having earned $315 million from June 2009 to June 2010.

Coming in at #2 is Beyonce Knowles, whose $87 million in earnings was bolstered by a massive amount of mentions in print, television, radio, and social media.

Rounding out the top 10 are James Cameron, Lady GaGa, Tiger Woods, Britney Spears, U2, Sandra Bullock, Johnny Depp, and Madonna.

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