June 4th, 2009
01:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama makes list of top 100 celebs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/04/art.booprah0604.gi.jpg caption="President Obama, pictured here in a 2007 file photo, joined his friend and supporter Orpah Winfrey on Forbes' 2009 list of the top 100 celebrities"]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – He may be the 44th president of the United States but Barack Obama will have to settle for being 49th on Forbes' Celebrity 100 list.

Obama is the first sitting head of state to make the list, according to Forbes.com. The magazine describes the list as "a measure of power based on money and fame."

Although Obama's overall ranking was 49th, the president ranked first in terms of online hits, mentions in print media, and exposure on radio and television.

Categorized as an author by Forbes, Obama ranked in 100th place in terms of pay based on the estimated $2 million generated by his two best-selling books.

But "[t]he real money will be made years from now," observed Forbes. "Obama could certainly earn tens of millions of dollars a year giving speeches full time."

Media mogul and longtime Obama ally Oprah Winfrey fell from first to second place on this list, losing the top spot to actress Angela Jolie.

Related: Jolie jumps past Oprah to nab top spot

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soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. arithmetic is liberal

    that should read "the people cheering Americans falling to their deaths".

    June 4, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Ferlin Hussein

    Yes, that's what American needs now, a TV star for president.

    June 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Mark Cross Junction VA

    I see in the background of the picture is the new ambassador to North Korea. Please rid our Country of orpah

    June 4, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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