The queen of daytime television continues to reign, even after her show has gone off the air. Almost two years after The Oprah Winfrey Show finished, Oprah has been named Forbes’ most influential celebrity in America (for the second year in a row).
Forbes collects their data for this list through an E-Poll Research survey, which ranks more than 7,500 celebrities based on 46 attributes. 48% of people rated Oprah as influential, which is down by a single point from her 2012 rank. Some of her magic seems to have rubbed off on protégé Dr. Mehmet Oz, who came in sixth place with a 40% influential ranking.
Oprah has recently landed some major interviews on her OWN network, including the highly publicized conversation with Lance Armstrong, an interview with the late Whitney Houston’s family and a sit-down with Beyoncé following her Super Bowl performance.
Coming in at 2nd place at 47% is director Steven Spielberg; whose film Lincoln won lead actor Daniel Day Lewis the award for Best Actor. In behind Spielberg came fellow directors Martin Scorcese (42%), Ron Howard (41%) and George Lucas (41%). Actor Michael J. Fox, whose untitled NBC comedy is set to air next season, dropped from his 2nd place ranking in 2012 to 13th this year’s list.