prah Winfrey Tops Forbes 2013 List Of Most Influential Celebs- Clutch Magazine

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.

Forbes also was quick to note that influence can mean different things:

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?

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  • talaktochoba

    influence? how about financing the first black presidential campaign, being the principal financier of his success?

    name another woman of any stripe who has done anything comparable?

  • Starla

    I love Oprah! despite her flaws and the critics, I respect this woman through and through. She was not dealt the best hand in life, but played her cards well. Her life is a living testament that it’s not where you start in life that matters, but where you finish.

  • Gina Wild

    Oprah-related articles on this site get less comments than “negative” articles. Interesting!

    I love Oprah and would like to see her have even more social impact and have even more success.