Oprah ranked most influential celebrity on 'Forbes' list
Oprah took the number one spot on Forbes Magazine’s annual most influential celebrities list. And nearly two years after she ended her talk show, it still seems right — but not just because of the Lance Armstrong effect.
The television mogul narrowly topped the list with a cryptic “48%” influential ranking, with her notable attribute being “compassion.” Spielberg barely missed the mark at 47%. He’s “interesting.” In third place, Martin Scorsese is “dynamic,” and in fourth place, Ron Howard is “down to earth.” Poor George Lucas actually tied with Howard, but was given a 5th place ranking. According to Forbes: “To break ties, we also factored in the likability and awareness metrics.” Sorry, George. Ron Howard does seem like a really nice guy.
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1. Oprah – 48%, Compassionate
2. Steven Spielberg – 47%; Interesting
3. Martin Scorsese – 42%; Dynamic
4. Ron Howard – 41%; Down To Earth
5. George Lucas – 41%; Trend-Setter
6. Mehmet Oz – 40%; Good Energy
7. Barbara Walters – 37%; Classy
8. Bono – 37%; Activist
9. Suze Orman – 37%; Good Energy
10. Clint Eastwood – 36%; Unique
The rankings are determined by E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity. Their poll ranks 46 “personality attributes” to determine the influence of 7,500 celebrities. Even though “influence” is a vague word, in this context, E-Poll believes that people are rating an individual’s impact on the culture. According to Forbes, the average celebrity got an 11% ranking. Notably, Michael J. Fox dropped off the top 10 to 13th place after earning a 2nd place spot last year.
It’s an interesting slate of people — of the five directors, four television personalities, and one musician/activist, it’s mostly white, and all are over 50. At 83, Walters is the oldest person on the list. Ron Howard might be the most surprising inclusion — he’s certainly ubiquitous and generally respected, but has he had a notable impact on culture recently? Also, for a list of celebrities, was anyone else surprised that there were no actors (and by that I mean, only actors – not Eastwood or Oprah or even Howard who have become better known for other ventures)? Or fiction authors? How about reality television personalities? Let us know what you think!