Jennifer Lopez, the world’s most powerful celebrity

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Jennifer Lopez

LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Lopez unseated New Yorker Lady Gaga as the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to a list published yesterday by Forbes magazine.

Lopez, who separated from Marc Anthony last summer, amassed earnings $52 million over 2011.

The second position is occupied by Opray Winfrey according to the list. The singer of numbers such as "Let’s Get Loud" and "Love Don’t Cost A Thing" has hurtled upwards from the No. 50 slot she occupied last year in the magazine’s ranking of the 100 most influential movie, TV, music and sports stars.

"The Latina…parlayed her position as a judge on American Idol into hit singles, increased album sales, an upcoming world tour, three new movies and a growing portfolio of endorsements," wrote Forbes, which measures the fame, power and earnings of the stars.