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Justin Bieber 3rd Most Powerful Celebrity of 2011 by Forbes

If you thought it was impossible for a 17-year-old to debut on our list of the most powerful people in entertainment at No. 3, just behind Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber proves you can never say never.

One of our stars to watch last year, the tween heartthrob hit the list thanks to 500 million views on YouTube and a concert movie that hauled in $100 million at the global box office. Bieber has more than 9.6 million followers on Twitter, more than Kim Kardashian, Ashton Kutcher and President Obama. In the past year, Bieber made nearly $40 million from touring. Endorsement deals, music sales and merchandising bumped him to a total of $53 million. Not too shabby for a kid barely old enough to drive.

Usher, the man responsible for discovering Justin Bieber, also makes his debut on our list this year, coming in at No. 32. The R&B icon brought in $46 million in the past year for his concert appearances and album sales, as well as impressive sales from his back catalogue dating from the ‘90s. 

Rank Name Pay Money
1 Lady Gaga 

Lady Gaga

$90 M 8 3 2 1 1
2 Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey

$290 M 1 1 7 13 13
3 Justin Bieber 

Justin Bieber

$53 M 24 4 8 2 3
4  U2 


$195 M 2 59 10 16 17
5 Elton John 

Elton John

$100 M 7 18 19 28 54
6 Tiger Woods 

Tiger Woods

$75 M 14 6 5 40 38
7 Taylor Swift 

Taylor Swift

$45 M 33 14 45 6 6
8 Bon Jovi 

Bon Jovi

$125 M 4 63 49 44 12
9 Simon Cowell 

Simon Cowell

$90 M 8 22 17 62 74
10 Lebron James 

Lebron James

$48 M 29 2 6 27 20


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  • Patricia

    Congrats Justin on making the list! I just can’t believe that Gaga is #1. She sucks.

  • Eden xxxx

    Follow me on Twitter @JBieber1974

  • Sarah

    he really deserves it (:

  • justin loverr

    i swear one day i WILL MARRY JUSTIN BIEBER like forrealzz
    LOL :))

    • Anonymous

      ya right at your wedding his vowels will be i dont

  • justin bieber

    thanks guys for all of ur support luv u <3

    • Anonymous

      luv u tooooo x

  • justin h8terr

    hes suchhaaa tool that fucking fag

    • Matt

      grow up loser. jealously and ignorance is your motive

    • Blake

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  • justin bieber is a total hottie but when he dates selena gomez he can go suck corden blues dick i hate corden blue so ya i completly hate selena for going out with justin she goes out with all the guys that are getting the publicity so she can go to hell that dame tool…/slutty ass ho i love her but i hate her all at the same time

  • vignesh

    good keep it up

  • Justin Bieber

    I want to have sex with my loyal fans!

  • anonymus

    omg i love you justin!!! im so glad that you are on that list but you should be at #1 well i LOVE you !!!

  • anonymus

    I LOVE YOU JUSTIN!!!!!! im so jealos of selina gomezzzz!!!!!:(

  • Anonymous

    hes pretty hot…. ^_^

  • Anonymous

    i love him and so does hannah

  • Anonymous

    i love him and so does hannah (:

  • Justin sucks

    Justin isnt gonna be anything in a few years just like n’synch and backstreet boys he sucks he can’t sing he makes so much money because of all you preteen girls and ur fucking hormones freaking out or girls older than u listening to him and u wanna love on him trust me when u turn 17-18 u start listening to real music like sublime slightly stoopid special sauce Jimi hendrix bob dylan bob marley mason Jennings listen to those bands you dumbass “believers” and becomes stoners we need more pot smoking acid mescaline paiody tripping people out there

  • Justin sucks


  • Annie

    Hello Justin, I am happy for all your success and wish you to continue on and be sure to always be good to your mother and take care of her. Remember not to trust anyone, but your mother. Learn how to keep track of all your money, take several cources in Accounting. Always continue to do good for others and life will seem worth while. Happy for you!!!

  • LuLu Swifty

    Taylor Swift iz 7 😀 😀 She deserve Oll da Best^__^

  • summer loves justin forever

    i love u so much u inspire me and anyday anytime hun i cant wait till i see u in muskegon for the jb tix and peeps this is @ Justin Bieber and for all u haters out there u can just go shove it so go fuck yourself like u do every fucking day