Pay $67 million
Power Rank 1

2007 Rank: 10

Cruise returns to the No. 1 position on the Forbes Power 100, a post he held five years ago, thanks to a combination of his awesome earnings from "War of the Worlds" and the media onslaught following his pairing with actress Katie Holmes. He also generated tons of ink with his couch-jumping antics on "Oprah," his outspoken criticism of the pharmaceutical industry and, of course, his new baby, Suri. Love him or hate him, Cruise is Hollywood's most bankable actor.

Pay $90 million
Power Rank 2

2007 Rank: NR

Last year's A Bigger Bang tour grossed $162 million by the end of 2005, besting the band's prior record of $120 million grossed from 1994's Voodoo Lounge tour. In February, the band appeared in Rio before an estimated 1.5 million fans, its largest audience ever. Three months later the Stones performed for the first time in China, where government officials banned the group from playing provocative classics like "Brown Sugar" and "Beast of Burden." But the biggest shocker came in May when guitarist Keith Richards fell from a tree while on vacation in Fiji, prompting emergency brain surgery. But the show will go on: new tour dates for the Stones' Bigger Bang tour already have been announced.

Pay $225 million
Power Rank 3

2007 Rank: 1

America's richest African-American continues to expand her multimedia empire. Her production of Broadway's "The Color Purple" garnered 11 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. (It went on to win one, for Best Musical Actress.) She also is developing a syndicated talk show for popular Food Network star Rachael Ray, in addition to a weekly radio program, "Oprah & Friends," for digital satellite broadcaster XM. And listen closely for Oprah's voice as Gussy, the sage mother goose, in the animated version of "Charlotte's Web," slated for release this Christmas. Winfrey suffered rare criticism last year when her Book Club pick, "A Million Little Pieces" by James Frey, was revealed to have been fabricated. (She castigated the discredited author on her program later that month.)

Pay $110 million
Power Rank 4

2007 Rank: NR

The Irish rockers made more money in 2005 than any other musicians on the planet. Their album "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. and U.K. charts last year and earned five Grammys, including one for Album of the Year. But U2's prominent position on the Celebrity 100 list is owed largely to the media exposure of front man Bono, who has become an influential activist on behalf of AIDS awareness and debt relief in Africa. He has enjoyed audiences with such world leaders as George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and the late Pope John Paul II, as well as a slew of other global leaders, and has pressed them to increase aid to Africa. Last year Bono, who is rarely photographed without his trademark sunglasses, was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Pay $90 million
Power Rank 5

2007 Rank: 2

Woods, still young at 30, has earned $58 million in career tournament winnings, $12 million more than his closest competitor. Add to that lucrative deals with blue chips like Nike, Accenture, General Motors and American Express, and it's no wonder golf's crown prince can afford playthings like his recent purchase of 155-foot yachts and a ten-acre oceanfront estate on Florida's exclusive Jupiter Island. He's not hording his fortune, either. The just opened, $25 million Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif., features a state-of-the-art educational center and golf practice area for kids.

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