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

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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.’

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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


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