Forbes' 25 Most Powerful Female Singers Since '99





In honor of the Forbes Celebrity 100 annual bloodbath that will continue this Wednesday as the 2012 list is revealed, I decided to backtrack to 1999 when the list first began. This list is ranked on the total amounts made since the Forbes list began in 1999 all the way to 2011, each female is ranked based only on the years she was on the list added into one total figure. The Celebrity 100, which includes film and television actors, TV personalities, models, athletes, authors, musicians and comedians, is a measure of entertainment-related earnings and media visibility (exposure in print, television, radio and online).

To compile our earnings numbers, we talk to industry insiders including agents, lawyers, producers and other experts to come up with an estimate for what each celebrity earned between May 1, 2010, and May 1, 2011. Earnings consist of pretax gross income. Management, agent and attorney fees are not deducted. Online exposure is measured using Google ( GOOG - news - people ). Press mentions come from Factiva, and we use Lexis/Nexis to find out how many times each star was mentioned on television or on the radio. We comb through dozens of magazines from the past 12 months to count how many times each star appeared on covers. Twitter followers and Facebook fans are measured using Twitter and Facebook searches.



25. Ashley Tisdale - $5.5 million

24. Alicia Keys - $15 million

23. Carrie Underwood - $23 million

22. Gwen Stefani - $27 million

21. Bette Midler - $31 million

20. Tina Turner - $31 million

19. Jessica Simpson - $33 million

18. Adele - $35 million (debut)

17. Hilary Duff - $38 million

16. Pink - $44 million

15. The Dixie Chicks - $47 million

14. Rihanna - $53 million (debut)

13. Mariah Carey - $58 million

12. The Spice girls - $70 million

11. Shania Twain - $82 million

10. Katy Perry - $89 million

9. Miley Cyrus - $98 million

8. Cher - $101.1 million

7. Taylor Swift - $165 million

6. Jennifer Lopez - $191.4 million

5. Lady Gaga - $204 million

4. Britney Spears - $234.7 million

3. Celine Dion - $279.5 million

2. Beyoncé - $352 million


1. Madonna - $373 million



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