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Thursday
May192011

Lady Gaga Tops Forbes Celebrity 100 List

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- She doesn't earn as much money, but when it comes to celebrity power, Lady Gaga's got it all over Oprah Winfrey.  This year, Gaga tops Forbes magazine's annual Celebrity 100 list, a ranking of the most powerful stars of music, movies, TV, sports, comedy, publishing, and modeling.

The list was compiled based not only on a celebrity's earnings, but also their standing on social media, mentions in the press, and appearances on TV and magazine cover stories.  So even though Gaga earned $90 million this past year compared to Oprah's $170 million, Gaga's complete and utter domination of Twitter and Facebook allowed her to pass Oprah to snag the #1 spot -- Oprah had to settle for #2.  Justin Bieber is number three on the list, also thanks to his social media dominance.  He's followed by U2 at #4 and Elton John at #5. The rest of the top 10 includes Tiger Woods, Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi, Simon Cowell, and Lebron James, in that order.

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Monday
Feb142011

What Kind of Things Could You Buy with the National Debt?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Despite a pledge by President Barack Obama on Monday to freeze federal spending for the next five years, the United States budget deficit will continue to grow. As it balloons to over $14 trillion, a bit of perspective can help put the debt into real terms for the average consumer. Using the figures provided by usdebtclock.org, here's how the national debt breaks down to more than $45,000 per citizen. That's up from just more than $20,000 per citizen back in 2000.

As for what these numbers mean in more tangible terms, the national debt could buy you 4,080,522,307 tickets to the Super Bowl at $3,676 per ticket. That means you could cover attendance for the next 56,674 Super Bowls if the venue held 72,000 people.

Speaking of football, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward made $5,804,680 last season. If his salary remained stagnant, the national debt could fund his playing career for over two million more years. He may need the help if there's a lockout next season in the NFL.

Home foreclosures have been a huge problem ever since the economy collapsed, but if you had more than $14 billion, you could purchase 61 million homes at an average price of $242,000.

Not to put all your eggs in one basket, but you could see a lot of Lady Gaga shows if you had money equivalent to the amount of the national debt. StubHub says that Gaga's shows might have been a "little monster" on your credit card bill, ranking as the priciest act of 2010 with tickets coming in at an average of $407. You'd be able to buy 36,855,036,855 tickets to see her perform.

All things considered, it might be better to just keep your money in the bank.

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