It’s been nearly two years since she gave up her daytime talk show, yet Oprah Winfrey still ranks as the #1 most influential celebrity in America according to Forbes‘ prestigious annual list. Forbes writes, “According to E-Poll Research, 48% of people surveyed rate Winfrey as influential. That’s down only one point from last year when she also topped the list of Most Influential Celebrities. Ratings at Oprah’s OWN network are starting to creep up thanks to big ‘get’ interviews like her recent special in which she grilled Lance Armstrong about his drug use. The two-part show drew 28 million viewers around the world. Prime-time ratings at the network are up 17% already this year, according to Nielsen.” Oprah’s in good company, coming in just above director Steven Spielberg at #2, Martin Scorsese at #3, Ron Howard at #4, and George Lucas at #5. One of Oprah’s most reputable discoveries comes in at #6 and you can find out who by visiting Forbes.com.
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