Equally noteworthy are the celebrities who fell off the list this year. Box office duds hurt Jim Carrey, Halle Berry and Cameron Diaz. Last year, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won a spot primarily for his $26 million contract signing bonus, but not a single NFL'er makes the list this year. Simple Life co-stars Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie both saw their careers flame out in the last year.
The year's biggest gainers include actress-advocate Angelina Jolie, who bounces to the 14th spot this year from 35th last year, thanks in no small measure to the media maelstrom surrounding her relationship with Brad Pitt. Soccer star David Beckham jumps to 15th this year, from 43rd, on the heels of his lucrative new deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Food Network chef turned talk show princess Rachael Ray moves into the 66th spot this year from 81st last year.
The Forbes Celebrity 100 was edited by Lea Goldman, Monte Burke and Kiri Blakeley
Reported by: Kurt Badenhausen, Peter Beller, Alex Davidson, Timothy Doyle, Gail Goldfarb, Evan Hessel, Peter Hoy, Lauren Kerensky, Devon Pendleton, Dorothy Pomerantz, Amanda Schupak, David Serchuk, Lauren Streib and Chaniga Vorasarun.
Photo research: Gail Toivanen.