Global Gossip 04.06.2009: Part 1

BATD ON Jun 04, 2009 AT 10:48 am

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Move over Brad, it’s official, Angelina Jolie is the most powerful celebrity in the world. Ange topped the annual poll by Forbes magazine, knocking US talk show host Oprah Winfrey – who has held the top spot for the past two years – into second place. Explaining that the magazine took into account earnings as well as fame, Forbes senior editor Matthew Miller said: “In addition to nearly doubling her earnings in the past year, from $15 million to $27 million, Angelina Jolie is the most famous star on the planet. She is in the dialogue of popular culture nearly every day – for her acting, for her relationship with Brad Pitt, for her children and for her philanthropic endeavours. All of this exposure leads to an extremely powerful celebrity brand – one that allows her to command a higher salary when starring in movies, can bring more people to the theatre and one that she can monetise further if she chose to do so.”

Christina and Owen

Christina and Owen

Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 Power List top 10:
1. Angelina Jolie ($27 million) 2. Oprah Winfrey ($275 million) 3. Madonna ($110 million) 4. Beyonce Knowles ($87 million) 5. Tiger Woods ($109 million) 6. Bruce Springsteen ($70 million) 7. Steven Spielberg ($149 million) 8. Jennifer Aniston ($25 million) 9. Brad Pitt ($28 million) 10. Kobe Bryant ($45 million)

There is trouble in paradise for poor Christina Ricci, she and her fiancé Owen Benjamin have called off their engagement. Christina agreed to marry to comedian Owen in March this year but the couple decided to end their wedding plans earlier this week after a huge argument. A source told People magazine: “Owen had a birthday party this past Sunday (31.05.09), and everything seemed fine. Sometime after, they got into a fight and decided to re-evaluate things. Then the engagement was off.” Despite the shock separation, friends of the former couple insist they remain on friendly terms. A source added: “They really are still close. They talk almost every day. It was a very mature decision and they both felt good about it. They’re definitely still friends.”

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