Fame is the number one quality of a celebrity. But because of that quality celebrities are also expected to be rich and influential. They can use their fame in order to make money and because they are famous people would listen to what they have to say. Because of their potential to influence others, celebrities have a huge responsibility to society. They have a major role to play in shaping the consciousness of people. A celebrity who uses his/her influence in a positive way can do a lot of good in the world. On the other hand, a celebrity who does not think of his/her responsibility of being a good role model can influence others in a bad way.
Whether celebrities like it or not, people will always follow what they do and what they say. Some will even emulate their actions. That’s why celebrities have the responsibility of being conscious about their actions and their words.
The Biggest Celebrities Today
So who are the biggest celebrities today? Who are those that are instantly recognizable by the people? Who are those who will be mobbed by fans if they try to walk outside in the street on their own? We have compiled a list of the biggest celebrities today. These are not just based on their fame or their wealth. Their influence was also measured in some way.
Ellen DeGeneres is mainly known for her daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show draws more than 3 million viewers on a daily basis. Ellen also acts as the executive producer of the show which significantly adds to her earnings. Ellen will even be back in the silver screen pretty soon. She has signed up to do the animated movie Finding Dory. She will be reprising the role of Dory in that movie, a forgetful fish which she first voiced in the smash hit Finding Nemo. But Ellen’s influence does not end with her involvement in TV and in movies. Her YouTube channel has more than 1.7 billion views already and she has more than 18 million followers on Twitter. She started out as a stand-up comedian.
Say what you will about Justin Bieber , but there is no denying that he is such a big star. Since he first became a teen singing sensation, Bieber has steadily risen on the list of the biggest celebrities of the world. His fan base is mostly teenage girls. He has more than 20 million Twitter followers already which makes him very influential online. He has been raking in millions of dollars and while he seems to be living the high life by partying a lot. (What would you expect from a young man with millions of dollars to blow?) He has also been investing in start-ups which can potentially make him even richer. His recent arrest and other incidents that have caused some to question his behaviour does not appear to slow him down.
You might be surprised that a rock band from the 80s would still be on the list of the biggest celebrities today, but Bon Jovi still has it. Why is the group still touring when so many of their contemporaries are content with just taking it easy? It’s not like they need the money. Their answer is in the title of their stadium tour: Because We Can. The tour allowed them to earn more than $3 million for each city that they visited. But one thing that you have to love about the band is that they are always willing to give back to others. Just one good example is how Job Bon Jovi has opened a restaurant in Red Bank, N.J where you don’t have to pay, but do volunteer work instead.
It’s hard to imagine someone being so young and yet being so rich and influential, but that is exactly what Taylor Swift is. Swift is probably the best proof that the music is not dead and still has a potential to get back on its feet. When Swift released her album Red in 2012, it was able to sell 1.2 million copies within a one week period. She was able to win top of the line endorsement deal with Diet Coke and Sony. She was also able to earn more with her tours.
When Madonna first came out in the 80s, a lot of people said that she would be a passing fancy and that she wouldn’t last. How ironic it is now that years after she first made headline she’s still around and still on the list of the top celebrities in the world. Her MDNA Tour earned more than$300 million. That’s more than any other tour for other artists. She also has her own clothing and fragrance lines and other investments. But perhaps more than any other celebrity on this list, Madonna tries to use her influence in order to push for her advocacies. She is known for her work in Africa.
Beyonce took a leave of absence from the music industry after she got pregnant. But after giving birth to Blue Ivy, Beyonce was able to get back on track again. Her Mrs. Carter World Tour was able to place her on the top of the highest earning celebrities list. She and her husband Jay-Z are considered to be the most influential couple in the entertainment industry.
Steven Spielberg is the most influential filmmaker and one of the most powerful men in Hollywood. A film that has been made by Spielberg is sure to win in the box office if not with the critics. His award winning movies such as “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan” are very influential and has affected other directors around the world. Most of his earnings come from his early hits like “E.T.” and “Jurassic Park.” He is also moving into the TV landscape as well and it might make him even more influential in the future.
Lady Gaga’s career has many similarities with that of Madonna and that has created a sort of rivalry between the two. But like Madonna she is also earning millions now and her followers around the world are quite devoted to her. Her Born This Way Ball Tour was interrupted and cut short by an injury and if that didn’t happen the Queen Monster, she would have earned even more. Her massive social media following is something that she uses to earn even more and to promote herself. That social media following is also useful in keeping her at the top celebrities list.
Oprah has always managed to be at the top of the highest earning celebrities in the world. But not only does she earn a lot of money, she also has a loyal following. She can influence her fans like no other celebrity can. Her OWN TV network is finally earning money after several years of trying. Her exclusive interviews have caught the attention of a lot of people. She has stayed relevant and influential. She also starred in the movie The Butler and there is talk that she could win an Oscar for her performance. She spends millions of dollars on her advocacies around the world.