Tiger Woods wife is long gone, many of his sponsors have also scarpered, he hasn’t won a tournament in 18 months and is whizzing down the world rankings faster than a kid with Teflon shorts on a playground slide. Yet according to Forbes, Woods is still the biggest celebrity in the sports world.
Only 19 people from the world of sport made Forbes annual "Celebrity 100" list of the most powerful people in the entertainment business, with Woods ranking highest at number six overall. He has only dropped one place in the last year. Forbes calculate the list using pretax income coupled with the persons visibility in the media.
Even without winning Woods raked in a whopping $75 million in the last year up to May 1st, that’s $27 million more than the next highest athlete Miami Heat’s LeBron James. Singer Lady Gaga sits on top of Forbes' overall rankings, with Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, U2 and Elton John ahead of Woods.
After earning $105 million in 2010, many people expected Woods to fall off this latest Forbes list along with the likes of Michael Jordan (20th in 2010); Floyd Mayweather (31st); Shaquille O'Neal (52nd); Manny Pacquiao (55th); and Lance Armstrong (65th).
Instead Woods, who reportedly (by Forbes) passed the $1 billion mark in earnings two years ago slipped only one place. The next highest golfer on the Forbes List is Phil Mickelson who tied with David Beckham at No. 35).