Spielberg tops Oprah Winfrey as most influential celeb: Forbes
(REUTERS) - Director Steven Spielberg on Wednesday dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States (US), according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors.
Spielberg's influence was boosted by his most recent film, Lincoln, which earned 12 Oscar nominations last year including best picture and best direction, and grossed US$275 million (S$348 million) at the global box office.
The magazine said the 67-year-old director's ability to attract foreigners to a US drama about the back-room dealings and minutiae of 19th-century Washington politics spoke to his prowess. Lincoln grossed US$93 million in foreign markets.
Forbes said that 47 per cent of people surveyed rated Spielberg as influential.