Adele joins most-powerful-celebs list




Adele has joined the ranks of the world’s most powerful celebrities, making her debut on the Forbes.com Celebrity 100 2012 list.

The Grammy-winning British star has reinforced her position as one of the world’s biggest stars by entering at number 24.

Adele, 24, was forced to cancel most of her US tour last year due to issues with her vocal cords but her album 21 has continued to be a best-seller around the world and she earned an estimated £21.9m in the past year.

American Idol judge and 'What To Expect When You’re Expecting' star Jennifer Lopez was named the world’s most powerful star, toppling Lady Gaga from her number one spot as the 'Poker Face' singer fell to fifth place.

Media mogul and TV presenter Oprah Winfrey remained in second place, while teen pop sensation Justin Bieber held on to third place, where he debuted last year, thanks to his concerts, music sales and the 3D documentary film Never Say Never.

X Factor creator Simon Cowell has fallen to being the world’s 18th most powerful celebrity, after ranking as ninth place last year.

Other notable newcomers include singer Rihanna in fourth place, reality TV star Kim Kardashian at number seven and her sister Khloe at number 73.

Actor Ashton Kutcher who replaced Charlie Sheen on hit TV show Two and a Half Men made his debut at number 51. Sheen has dropped off the list.

The full list is at www.forbes.com/celebs

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