June 27, 2005
Written by C.N.
As another indication of America’s obsession with lists and rankings, Forbes Magazine has released its list of the 100 Most Powerful Celebrities (presumably from around the world, since several international sports stars are on the list). The list is based on combined rankings for pay, web hits in search engines, press coverage, and TV appearances. For your convenience, the top 10 are:
1. Oprah Winfrey
2. Tiger Woods
3. Mel Gibson
4. George Lucas
5. Shaquille O’Neal
6. Steven Spielberg
7. Johnny Depp
9. Elton John
10. Tom Cruise
How many Asians or Asian Americans are on the list? Don’t hold your breath. Apparently, the only Asian American on the list is Kimora Lee Simmons, fashion designer and wife of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. I suppose that it’s not a complete shock that there are virtually no Asians or Asian Americans on the list, but I am a little surprised that Aishwarya Rai, Bollywood superstar and the internationally proclaimed “World’s Most Beautiful Woman,” isn’t on the list somewhere.
Oh well, maybe next year.
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