Meet Forbes' 100 most powerful celebrities: So how did sci-fi do?

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Dec 17, 2012

It's that time of year again, time for the business experts at Forbes to let us know which celebrities are wielding the most power in their respective fields. So how did sci-fi do this year? Well, one of our genre titans managed to crack the top 10. But which one?

The "most powerful" list is about more than just money. Celebrities are rated based on their income, but also on their press presence, their TV/radio presence, their web presence and their social media power, so it's easy for the list to get mixed up from year to year.

This year the top 10 spots belonged largely to music. Jennifer Lopez topped the list thanks to her recent career comeback, Justin Bieber took third, Rihanna took fourth, Lady Gaga fifth, Britney Spears sixth and Katy Perry eighth. Oprah Winfrey came in second, thanks in no small part to her $165 million earnings last year, while Kim Kardashian took the sixth spot thanks to high TV and web visibility.

But the highest major sci-fi force on the list was Steven Spielberg, who rose from 22nd on last year's list to take the 10th spot this year. Money had a lot to do with it. He's the third wealthiest member of the celebrity 100, with earnings of $130 million in the last year, but his recent press visibility and a TV boost thanks to executive-producing series like Terra Nova and Smash also helped. Tom Cruise, no stranger to sci-fi cinema, rounds out the top 10 at number nine.

Elsewhere on the sci-fi side of things are director/producers Michael Bay and George Lucas, who finished 35th and 36th in the ranking, respectively. Bay also holds the distinction of being the second highest-paid member of the list with $160 million, putting him right behind Winfrey. Other producers to make the list include movie executive extraordinaire Jerry Bruckheimer, whose $115 million put him at 39th. Kristen Stewart, who made her name with the Twilight franchise, finished 43rd, while sci-fi blockbuster lords Johnny Depp and Will Smith finished 56th and 58th. In the genre author department, Stephen King ranked 66th, while Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling ranked 85th.

Other notable sometime sci-fi dabblers who made the cut include Angelina Jolie (13th), Brad Pitt (28th), Tom Hanks (65th), Taylor Lautner (67th), Dwayne Johnson (70th), Seth MacFarlane (74th), Charlize Theron (75th) and Tim Allen (98th).

To see the full list of rankings, head on over to Forbes. In the meantime, start speculating on how soon Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige might be making this list.

(Via Forbes)