Aniston Rolling in Dough and Popularity
Last year the "Friends" star was only 28th in the Forbes ranking.
As for last year's No. 1, Britney Spears ... Oops! She didn't do it again. In fact, the pop princess is nowhere to be found on the Forbes Global Celebrity 100 list this year.
Ranked No. 2 is the rap duo of Eminem and Dr. Dre (cited for championing such other hip-hop stars as 50 Cent -- and for earning $35 million), followed by No. 3 Tiger Woods, who made $78 million in 2002, $9 million more than he brought home in 2001.
The remainder of the Top 10 (in order) are: Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Ben Affleck, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks and the Rolling Stones.
Forbes bases its choices on a number of factors, including celebrities' earnings, the number of magazine covers and press clippings they generate, and their popularity on the Internet.
"Good press or bad press, all press is equal in our eyes," Peter Kafka, an editor at Forbes, tells Reuters. "By dollar value, Britney did not have a big album or a big tour, the proponents that usually land celebrities on the list."
All things considered, then, the couple of the year are Lopez and Affleck, with combined earnings of $65 million.
So, why not Aniston and Brad Pitt? Kafka admits to being surprised Pitt isn't on the list at all, and explains: "Aniston's marriage may have helped to propel her to 13 covers, but she is still one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood."