Lady Gaga Kicks Oprah Off Top Spot of Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful’

Winfrey earned $290 million last year, but Lady Gaga's star is rising.

By Thoai Lu May 19, 2011

Oprah Winfrey has to say goodbye to the top spot on Forbes magazine’s 100 Most Powerful Celebrities list this year and hand it over to Lady Gaga, the Hollywood Reporter noted.

The talk show host who has topped the list four times before certainly did not lose to Gaga in terms of earnings. Winfrey earned $290 million last year while Gaga earned $90 million, but Forbes determined its Celebrity 100 list by assessing five categories. While Gaga was first in "social" and "web," second in "press", third in "TV/radio" and eighth in "money," Winfrey was top in money and TV/radio.

Maybe it pays to be unorthodox, but critics claim that Gaga’s not unique. Last April, Jamilah King noted how Gaga has been borrowing swagger from Grace Jones. The 62-year-old artist is cited as one of Gaga’s biggest influences, but Jones expressed to reporters then that she was not interested in any collaborations with the top 40 phenom. "I’d just prefer to work with someone who is more original and someone who is not copying me, actually."

The past February, Jorge Rivas reported on how Lady Gaga might have misappropriated the usage of "Chola" in her new single "Born This Way." The single is supposed to embrace diversity and difference, but it has lyrics like "You’re black, white, beige, Chola descent / You’re Lebanese, you’re orient." Cholo originated in the 16th century as a slur, similar to "mutt," in Peru and Mexico.

On May 25, Oprah Winfrey’s talk show will air its last original episode, which has been nationally running for 25 years. If the entrepreneur should retire, hopefully her "influence," as measured by Facebook and twitter fans, will not go with it.