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According to a study by Forbes magazine, Steven Spielberg is the most influential celebrity in the United States. -- AFP
The filmmaker beats Oprah Winfrey in the Forbes list.
Director Steven Spielberg dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States, according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors.
Spielberg’s influence was boosted by his most recent film, Lincoln, which earned 12 Oscar nominations last year including best picture and best direction, and grossed US$275mil (RM880mil) at the global box office. The magazine said the 67-year-old director’s ability to attract foreigners to a US drama about the back-room dealings and minutiae of 19th-century Washington politics spoke to his prowess. Lincoln grossed US$93mil (RM297.6mil) in foreign markets.
Forbes said that 47% of people surveyed rated Spielberg as influential. “A celebrity’s ‘Influential’ score represents how that person is perceived as influencing the public, their peers, or both,” Gerry Philpott, president of E-Poll Market Research, which conducted the study for Forbes, told the magazine.
Winfrey, 59, who topped the list with 49% last year, slipped to 45% this year, which Forbes said could be due to her retreat from the spotlight while running her cable television network OWN.
Film director and Star Wars creator George Lucas placed third despite working little in the public eye in recent years. He sold his Lucasfilm company to Walt Disney Co for US$4.05bil (RM12.7bil) in October 2012. Directors Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese placed fourth and fifth on the list respectively.
Other high-ranking celebrities in the top 10 of the list included television physician Mehmet Oz, ABC TV journalist Barbara Walters and U2 singer and activist Bono. E-Poll Market Research ranked more than 6,600 celebrities on 46 personality attributes. Forbes did not say how many people participated in the survey. — Reuters
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