Oprah Tops Forbes' List of Power Players
By ERIN CARLSON, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK - Oprah Winfrey continues to take over the world. The media mogul is back on top of Forbes' annual "Celebrity 100 Power List," which ranks the rich and famous based on earnings and buzz.
Winfrey, who came in third last year, was the top money-maker with an estimated income of $260 million over the past 12 months. She last topped the list in 2005.
"The woman is making history every single year," said Lea Goldman, a Forbes associate editor who oversaw the list. "It's not as if she's sitting on her laurels enjoying the show."
Winfrey's Harpo Productions is a partner on celebrity chef Rachael Ray's popular syndicated daytime talk show, which debuted last September. Harpo is launching its first prime-time series, "Oprah's Big Give," a reality contest in which contestants compete in philanthropy, and Winfrey also produced the Broadway show "The Color Purple."
Friends, the signs are everywhere. Do you see them? Oprah would not be so wealthy if countless millions were not already under her spell. The worse news - the prime-time series. Now Oprah will have access to more millions. In addition to the brainless housewives who have nothing better to do than watch her show and eat ice cream, she now will get her evil clutches into the mindless working class, who will probably be drunk by the time her show airs, making them more susceptible to her deceptions. "The Big Give" is likely to elicit lots of tears, but not as many as Armageddon.
And, Rachel Ray? Antichrist is attempting to permeate every facet of our lives. I urge you, kill your television before it kills you.