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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Tom tops star power list

Tom Cruise tops star power list

Cruise is the first celebrity to top the Forbes list twice

Actor Tom Cruise has been crowned the world's most powerful celebrity for the second time by US magazine Forbes. Cruise, the only film star to make the top 10, first topped the business publication's annual rundown in 2001. He came 10th last year.

The Rolling Stones are second, with chat show host Oprah Winfrey--last year's number one--in third place. But Mel Gibson and Madonna, rated third and eighth in 2005, are nowhere to be found in this year's top 100. Director Steven Spielberg, in sixth place, is rated the year's most financially successful celebrity with estimated earnings of $332m. Music legend Elvis Presley has topped the list of dead celebrities.