Jennifer Lopez Tops Forbes' "World's Most Powerful Celebrities" List

Not Lady Gaga. Not Justin Bieber. Not even Oprah.

No, according to Forbes, the world's most powerful celebrity right now is Jennifer Lopez.

So what makes the humble Jenny from the Block such a power player?

"It used to be enough for a celebrity to act or sing or swing a bat really well," the Forbes story

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explains. "Now to be considered a real success, he or she needs to sell

clothes, hawk fragrances-maybe even invest in technology startups.

While she hasn't stormed Silicon Valley just yet, Jennifer Lopez is a

state-of-the-art celebrity success story."


JLo ranks 30th among the 100 celebrities on Forbes list when it comes to earnings, raking in $52 million -- a modest sum, compared to top-earner Oprah's $165 million or Pain and Gain director Michael Bay, earning $160 million.

But money doesn't equal power, at least not all on its own. Lopez's highest ranking was in the world of TV and radio -- no surprise, with her gigs on American Idol and Latin talent search show Q'Viva (and, we assume, with her songs, which are sometimes played on the radio).

Forbes also points to Lopez' endorsement deals with L'Oreal and Gillette and her clothing line at Kohl's as factors in her top ranking. The diva unseated another female powerhouse, Lady Gaga, who dropped from her number one position last year to number five in 2012.

Other celebrities with ties to South Florida on the list include South Beach D-A-S-H boutique owner Kim Kardashian at number seven; Donald Trump at number 14; near-constant Miami Heat home game attendee Lil Wayne at number 69; Pain and Gain star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson at number 70; and Latin hottie Sofia Vergara at number 76.

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