Aniston Tops Forbes Most Powerful List

Jennifer Aniston may not be the richest celeb in the world, but she's definitely the hottest.

That's the word from Forbes magazine, which has named the sexy Friends actress the most powerful star on the planet -- based on a combination of earning ability and media interest - in its annual list of the 100 most influential entertainers and athletes.

The brunette stunner beat out such luminaries as Eminem and Dr. Dre, who share the No. 2 spot, and Tiger Woods, who came in third.

Forbes compiled the list for its July 7 issue by not only looking at how much money celebs made last year, but how much media coverage and name recognition they received.

And when the results were tabulated, nobody could touch Aniston.


1. Jennifer Aniston $35: More magazine covers than any other star.

2. Eminem and Dr. Dr  $35: 2002s bestselling musician shares riches with his mentor.

3. Tiger Woods $78: World's best golfer made $70 million off the course.

4. Steven Spielberg $200: Gets any movie or actor he wants, but Oscars come harder.

5. Jennifer Lopez $29: Dancer, singer makes most of her money on-screen.

6. Paul McCartney $59: Got married, also went on $103 million U.S. tour.

7. Ben Affleck $36: Stars as Mr. Jennifer Lopez, on- and off-screen.

8. Oprah Winfrey $180: Talk-show queen is now a billionaire.

9. Tom Hanks $55: Producing My Big Fat Greek Wedding gave him big fat dollars.

10. Rolling Stones $66.5: Mick, Keith and crew can get what they want, after all.

11. Will Smith $60: Big sequels like Bad Boys II mean big pay days.

12. Osbourne Family $28.8: MTV show has less buzz than the year before, but the pay is much better.

13. Michael Jordon $35: Lost his team. He's also lost some endorsement deals.

14. Mike Myers $38: Silly superstar soon to be seen in Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat.

15. J.K Rowling $131.4: Preorders for the newest Harry Potter booked topped 1 million.

16. Nicole Kidman $27: Won an Oscar this year, also winning big fees.

17. George Lucas $185: Latest Star Wars installment grossed $634 million worldwide.

18. Eddie Murphy $45: Hits like Daddy Day Cares ease pain of flops like Pluto Nash.

19. Michael Schumacher $45: Racer has the highest salary in sports -$35 million a year.

20. Jim Carrey $40: Gets $25 million for comedies like Bruce Almighty.

21. Julia Roberts $30: The most bankable actress in Hollywood.

22. Shaquille O'Neal $30.5: Big man, big endorsements: an estimated $8 million a year.

23. Tom Clancy $37.1: Book sales are down, but games and movies do fine.

24. David Letterman $33: Cranky comedian made news by taking a day off.

25. Matthew Perry $35: Only male "Friend" with film success.

26. Bruce Springsteen $28: The Boss is still a big concert draw at home and abroad.

27. Peter Jackson $37: Lord of the Rings grossed $1.8billion so far. Director gets a share.

28. Cher $33: Just extended "Farewell" tour for the rest of the season.

29. Halle Berry $15: Slinky, high paying roles are in the works, including Catwoman.

30. Dixie Chicks $22: What backlash? Sold over $45 million in tickets for upcoming tour.

31. Lisa Kudrow $35: Dirty on Friends, but some of her movie roles are serious.

32. Dave Matthews Band $37: King s of the road tour relentlessly, lucratively.

33. Samuel L. Jackson $30: Doesn't turn down many roles as long as they pay well.

34. Kelsey Grammer $39: Earns $53,333a minute as NBC's Frasier.

35. Celine Dion $28: Three-year Las Vegas gig worth a minimum of $20 million.

36. Rush Limbaugh $32: Conservative talker's ratings hit an all-time high early this year.

37. Robbie Williams $30: Brit pop star with fans worldwide-except in the U.S.

38. Siegfried & Roy $52: Taking their signature cats to television for NBC sitcom.

39. Barry Bonds $20: Baseball's best player finally getting endorsement deals.

40. Howard Stern $31: Sued ABC, claiming executives stole his ideas for Are You Hot?

41. Courteney Cox $32: Supplements Friends pay with Coke ads.

42. Mary Higgins Clark $41.3: "Queen of Suspense" delivered three hardcovers last year.

43. David Copperfield $55: Illusionist does well in the U.S. just as well abroad.

44. Jay Leno $20: NBC host finds time for 150 performances a year.

45. Ray Romano $34: Sitcom success gets pig bay raises next year.

46. Andre Agassi $24: His ten-year Nike deal should at least $100 million by 2005.

47. Jerry Bruckheimer $35: Blockbuster producer now a hit on the small screen, too.

48.Brian Grazer/Ron Howard $35: They brought Eminem to the screen. Later this year: Cat in the Hat.

49.Bill Clinton $9: His wife makes headlines. His speeches typically make $150,000.

50.Nora Roberts $37.2: best-paid player in NBA hasn't found playoff success.