Here's the Forbes Top 10 powerful celebrities on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. We think that multi millionaire media mogul Jay-Z who is a former Def Jam executive should have ranked higher on the list than Johnny Depp who is only an actor. Unfortunately, actors become unemployed after their film shoots/projects end and have to look for work again. Johnny Depp was a character actor for many years and then he had boxoffice success with the Pirates of the Carribean films. His death musical "Sweeney Todd " opened in the Top 5 and did well at the overseas boxoffice but this also proves that his Pirates fans won't automatically support his offbeat projects. Our favorite Johny Depp role was his overlooked Oscar worthy performance in Donnie Brasco.
If Johnny Depp was a powerful Oscar winning director/producer mogul like millionaire Steven Spielberg then we would understand him being ranked higher than Jay-Z but this is not our list and we respect Forbes Magazine. We also think that JK Rowling should have been higher on the list because the Harry Potter Books and movies are such a global phenomenon. JK also has as strong influence on children and future generations. The Harry Potter books are outselling the Bible and have been translated in over 200 languages.
Statistics show in the past 10 years, 250 million copies of the Bible have been sold.
12 million copies of Merriam-Webster Dictionary have been sold.
But in one day, 8.3 million copies of the latest Harry Potter book flew off store shelves.
The series, not counting the last book, has sold 325 million copies over 10 years. That's more than the population of the United States. Sales in the U.S. show the seventh edition of the Potter series sold 300,000 books an hour. The United Kingdom reportedly sold 2.65 million copies within the first 24 hours of the book's release. source
We have covered Harry Potter mania and JK Rowling's fans are loyal and will do whatever she tells them to do. Harry Potter fans will also make sure that their kids grow up knowing about the Hogwarts School and how to spot Muggles. Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Madonna and American Idol producer Simon Cowell all ranked in the top 25. Click here to read the whole list.
#1 Oprah Winfrey
The stars of Hollywood commandeer the headlines and command the biggest bucks. Some, like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg, are Top Ten perennials in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of actors, athletes and personalities. This year the third Pirates of the Caribbean film let Johnny Depp bank more in a single year than almost any film actor in Tinseltown history. And Jay-Z, the rapper turned record exec, rejoined the top of the music charts. The view from on high? Green, of course.
Ratings for the self-made billionaire's flagship production, The Oprah Winfrey Show, may have diminished, but her earning power appears bulletproof—at least for now. She will debut the Oprah Winfrey Network in partnership with Discovery Communications next year. She also has a three-year, $55 million deal with XM Satellite Radio (nasdaq: XMSR - news - people ). Her Harpo production company helped create Dr. Phil and The Rachael Ray Show. Less successful: a recent reality-TV
#2 Tiger Woods
Tiger chalked up another monster year on and off the course in 2007. He won his ninth PGA Player of the Year award and a seventh Vardon Trophy (given to the PGA Tour's leader in scoring average) and was the top money winner for an eighth time. He won the inaugural FedEx Cup, adding a $10 million payout to his bursting retirement account. Off the links he parted ways with American Express ( after a decade together. He still has big contracts with Nike , Accenture , Buick and Gillette. His latest endorsement: a five-year agreement for his own line of Gatorade drinks.
#3 Angelina Jolie
Despite the paparazzi, pregnancy and peace activism, the owner of the world's poutiest lips still managed to play a lusty animated witch and the wife of a slain Wall Street Journal reporter in the same year. Photos of her twins should fetch the highest price ever for baby snaps. She'll probably give the money to charity.
#4 Beyonce Knowles
After ditching Destiny's Child to go solo in 2003, the Houston native has released two platinum albums and built a wildly successful entertainment empire that includes fashion, film and publishing deals. She sold $50 million in tickets on a recent tour. Her endorsement contracts, with L'Oréal, American Express and others, bring in $10 million annually.
#5 David Beckham
Coming to America paid off for England's soccer sensation despite the injuries that plagued his first season with the Los Angeles Galaxy. His base salary with the team was only $5.5 million, but that figure more than doubled with his cut of the team's ticket, merchandise and sponsorship revenues. He added deals with Sharpie, Giorgio Armani and vitamin company GO3 to an existing roster of sponsorships that includes Adidas , Motorola and Pepsi.
#6 Johnny Depp
He became an unlikely mainstream star with his boozy turn as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Last year he found time to star in his pal Tim Burton's movie version of Sweeney Todd, which grossed $154 million. He earned his third Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Brooklyn-born Jay-Z had a monster year, releasing a second platinum comeback CD, American Gangster. In April he signed a $150 million, 10-year recording, touring and merchandising deal with concert promoter Live Nation (nyse: LYV - news - people )—and days later married his longtime girlfriend Beyoncé on the roof of his New York City penthouse.
#8 The Police
The late-1970s rock band, famous for not getting along, reunited at the 2007 Grammys performing its hit "Roxanne." The Sting-fronted group then set off on a world tour, selling out stadiums and arenas on five continents. They sold $200 million worth of tickets and played to 4 million fans.
#9 J.K. Rowling
It was wizardry that transformed J.K. Rowling from a destitute single mother on welfare into a best-selling billionaire. Her adventures of teenage magician Harry Potter and his classmates at Hogwarts became a children's literary sensation in 1998 with the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. It and the six subsequent books have now sold 375 million copies worldwide. The final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, has sold 44 million since it was published last July, including 15 million in the first 24 hours.
#10 Brad Pitt
Rendered permanently cool with his roles in Fight Club, Seven and Ocean's Eleven, Pitt remains one of Hollywood's most bankable actors. Up next: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Spends down time flying around the world working for charities—and adopting babies—with his girlfriend, actress Angelina Jolie. source