Beyonce battles LeBron James for top spot on Forbes top 100 list


LeBron James came up small in the NBA Finals but very, very big on Forbes’ latest list. (Timothy A. Clary / Getty Images)

Queen Bey and King James reign over the latest edition of Forbes magazine’s list of top 100 celebrities, which was released today.

Beyonce edges LeBron James for the top spot by a score of $115 million to $72 million. Technically, the guy who is third, Dr. Dre, earned more money ($620 million) than anyone, but Forbes takes into account things like mentions in traditional and social media.

As far as sports stars go, the only other athlete in the top 10 is Floyd Mayweather Jr. at No. 7. Kobe Bryant (No. 15) and Roger Federer (No. 16) crack the second 10. Tiger Woods comes in at 21st, with Rafael Nadal 24th in the top 25.

The first soccer star to appear is Cristiano Ronaldo, at No. 30; Lionel Messi is 45th.

The top NFL player? Peyton Manning at No. 40.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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