The Ability to Influence Distinguishes the Celebrities Who Have Power, the 5 most powerful celebrities in the world can influence their admirers and other business partners in a manner that cannot be duplicated by other celebrities. The daily actions of these individuals are monitored intensely by their followers and their individual skills are so great that their business partners understand that it is these individuals who are in charge of their businesses and direction, not those who pay them.
The 5 most powerful celebrities in the world are Oprah, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles and Taylor Swift. My list is very controversial as I have left out several very powerful people such as George Clooney, Jay Leno, Ellen Degeneres, Kanye West and Justin Bieber. However, the names listed above are considered the most powerful celebrities in the world because they are guaranteed money makers whose words can result in action throughout the world. In addition, these individuals are instantly identifiable worldwide. Let’s start with the most powerful celebrity in the world, Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey – The Most Powerful Celebrity in the World
This woman is one of the few people who influences individuals worldwide on a daily basis. Her personal talk show is seen throughout the world and whatever she says is deemed as “the gospel” and must be followed immediately. When Oprah decided to interview Lance Armstrong, the racing bicyclist who used illegal substances to compete in the Tour de France the interview became one of the most viewed interviews in the world. People who did not care about bike racing all of sudden felt the need to talk about it because Oprah had him on her show.
What Oprah discusses on television is considered important and that tells you how powerful she is. She is the queen of daytime television as she has several of the top daytime talk show hosts under contract as part of her television network. Oprah, through her television network in many respects influences the minds of an incredible number of people throughout the world either directly through her show or through the words of the television hosts whom she has under contract. When a celebrity can influence the way a person thinks, cooks and even votes you are a powerful celebrity.
Number 2 – Lady Gaga – The Untouchable
Lady Gaga is one of the few celebrities on this list who seems impervious to criticism and is an untouchable. She is a very talented singer and musical artist and this combined with her ability to create and control her own image has created a large and loyal following of people that has turned her into a powerful celebrity. Her musical followers have made her the second most powerful celebrity in the world. Her willingness to promote herself through all the social network and entertainment mediums whether it be YouTube or Twitter has ensured that she is known to all her followers and can influence merely by one tweet or YouTube interview or recording.
Number 3: Jay-Z – Hip Hop/Rap Music King and Business Mogul
Jay-Z is one of the most powerful celebrities in the world. His influence can be found throughout hip-hop music, business and professional sports. There is no question that he is without question the most recognizable rapper in the world. He may not be the best rapper anymore but there is no hip-hop/rap musical performer who is more respected or followed than Jay-Z. His music always finds its way to the top of the musical charts all over the world. Businesses race to his door to have him advertise products on their behalf. He has been a part owner of a professional basketball team and now is moving into the management of professional athletes.
Jay-Z is making the transition into becoming a music mogul and business mogul and he travels around the world to make sure that his influence can be felt in almost every corner of the world. Whether one travels to Eastern Europe or the West Indies or even China there is one certainty and that is you can listen to Jay-Z’s music and the young people follow his direction. When an individual can impact people throughout the world with their music then it is without question that they are powerful.
Number 4: Beyonce Knowles – The Woman With the Midas Touch
Beyonce Knowles is a box-office guarantee. When she releases an album it goes number one. She has been able to control her image and turn herself into a media darling and this although she is a good singer but not a great one. What Beyonce has been able to do is become a great entertainer with her singing and dancing that reaches every corner of the globe. Her image is carefully controlled and managed by her and she has not allowed herself to become over-saturated.
Beyonce is powerful because she can literally tell a record company or advertiser that she will guarantee that they will make money when she releases an album or endorses their product and they have to capitulate. She has created an image that has no blemishes and as such to many companies and parents, she is the golden girl. She represents a very positive, untarnished image for young women and in doing so she makes her business partners look very good and appealing to all.
Number 5 – Taylor Swift – The Swifties Say it All
There are very few people in the world who possess the musical ability of Taylor Swift. Like Lady Gaga and Beyonce, her musical ability and success is beyond question. No one can dispute that people find her music very appealing. However, its her connection with fans through the various social mediums and her songs that have made her incredibly popular.
Young girls throughout the world look at her as their representative because they feel they can relate to her. When she goes through a breakup and she sings about the individual in her songs, young girls worldwide feel as if she is talking for them or about them. Her musical success and the content of her songs has developed a loyal following that has made her a dominant business force.
Taylor Swift’s social network followers brought the clothing giant Abercrombie & Finch down to its knees for having the audacity to consider selling a shirt that made fun of Taylor Swift. Her followers did the same to actor Michael J. Fox for his criticism of her singing songs about her past boyfriends. The influence of this young woman is incredible when you consider how people, business and media individuals are unwilling to consider criticizing her for fear of how it can impact their sales and public persona.
The five most powerful celebrities in the world each is very successful financially but more importantly, they can inspire action, are followed worldwide. When an individual can impact people in every part of the world than they should be considered as incredibly powerful and each of the five people mentioned above meet this criteria.
Anna Brady is a senior writer at Eko Entertainment magazine, her interest spans across several sectors that include technology and Social Media.