I don't know why I care. For some reason, every year when Forbes releases their list of the most powerful celebrities in the country, I have to look through the entire thing.

According to Forbes, the top ten most powerful celebrities in 2012 are:

  1. Jennifer Lopez
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Justin Bieber
  4. Rihanna
  5. Lady Gaga
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Kim Kardashian
  8. Katy Perry
  9. Tom Cruise
  10. Steven Spielberg

The highest rated athlete on the list is Tiger Woods at number 12.

Forbes uses a combination of the money each celebrity raked in in the last year, their TV/Radio presence, press ranking, as well as their online and social networking presence.

To view Forbes' full list of the 100 most powerful celebrities in the world, click here.

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