Despite the worldwide recession, Forbes said that celebrity earnings remain remarkably resilient, with this years stars having earned a collective $4.7 billion during the past year, up from $4.1 billion in 2009.
Forbes ranking is a measurement of entertainment-related earnings over the past 12 months as well as exposure in print, television, radio, online, and social media. Avatar director James Cameron jumped back onto the Forbes list for the first time since 1999, landing at no. 3 after his movie earned a record $2.7 billion at worldwide box offices.
Glam pop star Lady Gaga made the list for the first time, taking fourth place with estimated earnings of $62 million.
Golfer Tiger Woods is the worlds fifth most powerful celebrity, despite a sex scandal that took him out of golfing for five months and lost him several lucrative endorsements.
He managed to earn $105 million during the past year, even as his revenue streams have diminished and his golf course design business struggles in the global economy, said Forbes.