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May 17, 2012

Jennifer Lopez Tops ‘Forbes’ List of Most Powerful Celebrities 2012 (VIDEO)

2012 hasn’t been to shabby for latin screen queen, Jennifer Lopez. JLo is sitting pretty at the top of Forbes‘ list of World’s Most Powerful Celebrities.

The American Idol judge has made an estimated $52 million income, but power isn’t all about having money in the bank. Jennifer’s income is no where near the list’s #2 spot, the revered Ms. Oprah Winfrey, who banks a whopping $165 million dollar paycheck. It’s also about who you know, and who’s interested in knowing you. Lopez has millions of followers on Twitter, and her Kohl’s clothing line ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at: “With 6.6 million followers on Twitter and 12 million fans on Facebook, she’s also proved a master of social media,” says Forbes. She may be Jenny from the Block, but the block way way past your regular neighborhood.

Her presence in the media eye is one thing. It doesn’t hurt to be any judge on any reality talent show, as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears can attest to. Also in the spotlight with her publicized divorce from Marc Anthony, and her newest boy toy, Casper Smart. Smart move, my man. ( I had to say it.) “American Idol gave her a platform to promote her music and turn her image around. It didn’t hurt that she also split from her husband, Marc Anthony,” Forbes writes.

JLo takes the number #1 spot from Lady Gaga, bumping her down to the #5 slot, while Justin Bieber remains at #3. Rihanna shows up on the list for the first time at #4. As the World’s Most Powerful Celebrity, I wonder how long Jennifer will remain on American Idol? The show may need to dole out more cheddar to keep this lady of power.