Chinese star Fan Bingbing regains top spot on Forbes China Celebrity 100 list

Actress Yao Chen and actor Andy Lau, stars of action blockbuster Firestorm. -- FILE PHOTO: MATTHEW LIU
Actress Yao Chen and actor Andy Lau, stars of action blockbuster Firestorm. -- FILE PHOTO: MATTHEW LIU
This picture taken on April 16, 2014 shows South Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (Left) and Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming posing on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the fourth Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
This picture taken on April 16, 2014 shows South Korean actress Song Hye Kyo (Left) and Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming posing on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the fourth Beijing International Film Festival in Beijing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan arrives at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong on April 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: JACKIE CHAN
Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan arrives at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards in Hong Kong on April 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: JACKIE CHAN
Mandopop superstar Jay Chou performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 6, 2013, the first of his three sold-out concerts here. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Mandopop superstar Jay Chou performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 6, 2013, the first of his three sold-out concerts here. -- ST FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Hong Kong actor Hawick Lau kissing his bride, Chinese television star Yang Mi at their wedding in Bali on Jan 8, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: APPLE DAILY
Hong Kong actor Hawick Lau kissing his bride, Chinese television star Yang Mi at their wedding in Bali on Jan 8, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: APPLE DAILY
Basketball star Yao Ming, who is a delegate for Shanghai, leaves the Great Hall of the People after a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on March 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Basketball star Yao Ming, who is a delegate for Shanghai, leaves the Great Hall of the People after a session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on March 7, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
This picture taken on April 23, 2014 shows Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi arriving on the red carpet for the Beijing International Film Festival awards ceremony in Beijing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
This picture taken on April 23, 2014 shows Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi arriving on the red carpet for the Beijing International Film Festival awards ceremony in Beijing. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing poses upon arrival prior at the Louis Vuitton 2014/2015 Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris on March 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing poses upon arrival prior at the Louis Vuitton 2014/2015 Autumn/Winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris on March 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG - Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has returned to the top of the Forbes China Celebrity 100 list for this year, becoming the only show business personality to have ranked first in consecutive years.

Fan, who was No. 1 last year, pushed Hong Kong's Andy Lau and Taiwan's Jay Chou to second and third places on the list based on income, media exposure and influence, and covering celebrities in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Basketball star Yao Ming was previously the only celebrity to have ranked on top consecutively - he was No. 1 for six consecutive years in the 10 years of the establishment of the list by Forbes China magazine, reported Ming Pao Daily.

Fan's busy year has been packed with filming for her role in X-Men: Days Of Future Days and as Empress Wu Zetian in a mainland TV serial. She also had numerous advertisement deals and film festival appearances, said the newspaper.

But, earning 122 million yuan (S$24.4 million) in the past 12 months, she lagged behind Chou who was the year's biggest earner, with 156.5 million yuan. His pay was credited partly to his Opus concert tour and 2013 movie The Rooftop.

Lau also earned less, with 89 million yuan, but he enjoyed evergreen popularity, selling out tickets to his concert tour last year.

In the overall rankings, top stars Zhang Ziyi and Jackie Chan were pushed to the No. 5 and No. 10 places by younger ones such as China's male lead Huang Xiaoming at No. 4 and Chinese starlet Yang Mi in 6th position.

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