Beyonce tops Forbes Celebrity 100 list

Posted: July 02, 2014

 F ORBES has issued one of Tattle's favorite lists of the year, its Celebrity 100, and it should be no susprise that the biggest star in the world is Beyonce.

Not only did Queen Bey grace enough magazine covers to score her all kinds of Forbes fame points, she also took in $115 million between June 2013 and June 2014.

With income like that, Jay Z could be a stay-at-home dad, but he finished in sixth place and added an additional $60 million to Blue Ivy's college fund.

Blue Ivy is going to buy a college.

No. 2 on the chart, but No. 1 in Miami's heart, is LeBron James at $72 million. He's followed by Dr. Dre, who earned an estimated $620 million last year after selling his company Beats to Apple for around $3 billion. For sheer volume of income, Dr. Dre was numero uno.

Dre is followed by former daytime talk queen Oprah ($82 million), who's followed by present daytime talk queen Ellen DeGeneres ($70 million).

At Nos. 7 to 10 are boxer Floyd Mayweather, pop tarts Rihanna and Katy Perry, and Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.

Breaking down the Top 10, there are five celebs from the music biz, two athletes, two yakkers, one actor; seven black, three white; one gay, nine straight (that we know of).

At No. 11 is Steven Spielberg, who didn't even have a movie last year. He's followed by Jennifer Lawrence, Bon Jovi, Bruno Mars and Kobe Bryant.

At Nos. 16 to 20 are Roger Federer, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga and Kanye West.

Rounding out the Top 25 are Tiger Woods, Calvin Harris, Dwayne Johnson, Rafael Nadal and Bruce Springsteen.

So, kids, based solely on celebrity, it is not a hindrance to be of color and it helps to be a musician. As six of the Top 25 are athletes, being strong, fast and with good hand-eye coordination is also a path to wealth and fame. Only two folks got their bucks primarily from television and only four from movies.

Our first Kardashian on the list (unless you count Kanye) is Kim, at No. 80.


* A newly renovated entrance to Grand Central Terminal has been dedicated to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who led the historic fight to save the station.

The entrance at Park Avenue and East 42nd Street was dedicated to the former first lady yesterday.

It's now called the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foyer. A large plaque features a bronze relief of Onassis and describes her role in saving the terminal.

* TV entertainer Rolf Harris, known to generations of children in Britain and Australia for his friendly screen presence, was found guilty yesterday of a string of indecent assaults on young girls that took place from the '60s to the '80s.

The conviction marked a stunning reversal for Harris, 84, a fixture on children's TV who was as popular as "Captain Kangaroo" in the United States. But while the Captain had Mr. Greenjeans, Harris had Mr. Can't-keep-it-in-his-jeans.

Robert Downey Jr. thanked authorities yesterday for arresting his son Indio, 20, on suspicion of cocaine possession, and said that the family was determined to get him the help he needs.

Indio was taken into custody on Sunday afternoon after a car he was riding in was pulled over in West Hollywood, authorities said.

"Unfortunately, there's a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it," Downey Jr. said in a statement. "We're grateful to the Sheriff's Department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale."

* The Manhattan bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes has been tossed.

The case was dismissed yesterday after Bynes complied with the judge's orders to stay out of trouble and go to counseling.

Madonna is donating money toward the construction of a youth boxing gym in Detroit and buying iPads and other supplies for students at a city charter school.

In a news release yesterday, Madonna said her contributions to three organizations represent "the first phase of a long-term commitment" to her hometown.

Madonna says that a recent visit to Detroit left her "inspired by the progress she's witnessed."

She plans to provide funding for a new facility for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym; purchase new supplies for the Detroit Achievement Academy; and help out the Empowerment Plan, which employs homeless women to sew garments for the homeless.

The Detroit Achievement Academy was also the recipient of a generous gift from the "Ellen" show.

* The five surviving members of Monty Python have reunited for 10 dates at London's 15,000-seat O2 Arena starting today. It's a fast-paced comic revue that requires the septuagenarian comedians to act, sing, dance and pull off rapid-fire costume changes.

Michael Palin says the group drew inspiration from Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, still strutting and spinning at 70.

"A kind of madness takes over," Palin said at a news conference yesterday. "You just leap about at a certain point."

Fellow Python Terry Gilliam added: "Our version of 'Brown Sugar' is far better."

- Daily News wire services

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