Oprah Winfrey is proving to be unbeatable when it comes to Forbes 2013 list of most influential celebrities. For the second year in the row, Winfrey has landed the number one position. With the help of E-Poll Research, 48% of the people polled rated Winfrey as influential. This poll also couldn’t come at a better time. Winfrey’s ratings on her OWN network have gradually increased. Probably due to the fact that her one-on-one interviews with the likes of Lance Armstrong and Beyoncé drew in a record number of viewers.
In the words of Snoop Dogg, “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’ Have None)”, Winfrey’s protegé, Dr. Mehmet Oz, also made the Forbes list, coming in at No. 6, with a 40 percent influential rating.
According to E-Poll Chief Executive Gerry Philpott says the term “influential” can mean different things to different people, but most of the time it speaks to someone’s impact on the culture. It’s not always a sign that the celebrity is well-liked. Donald Trump, who just misses the top 10 with a 35% influential rating, was only rated likeable by 15% of the people polled. His most notable attribute: rudeness.
Steven Spielberg ranks second on the list with an influential rating of 47%. How can a movie director be considered so influential?
“To this day, ask anyone what they think about before going in the ocean,” says Philpott (referencing Spielberg’s 1975 film Jaws).
Rounding out the top five are four movie directors, taking second through fifth place. They are, respectively, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and George Lucas.
If you had to give the title of “influential” to someone, who would it be and why?