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Tiger Woods Ranked No. 1 Athlete In Forbes Celebrity 100 List 2012

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Tiger Woods hits from the rough on the 11th hole during the final round of the Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Tiger Woods hits from the rough on the 11th hole during the final round of the Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Sunday, May 13, 2012.

By Golfweeek

Tiger Woods is still the most powerful athlete in sports.

Well, at least according to Forbes, which released its annual Celebrity 100 list on Wednesday.

Woods was ranked No. 12, ahead of 16 other athletes, including LeBron James (15), Kobe Bryant (27) and Roger Federer (31). Phil Mickelson, who came in at No. 48, was the only other golfer to make the list, which ranks the celebrities based on money and fame.

The earnings consist of pretax income between May 1, 2011, and May 1, 2012. Fame is defined as “media visibility in print, television, radio and online,” according to the story. Social media numbers are also taken into account.

In all, five categories were judged: money, television/radio, press, web and social media.

Woods, 36, earned an estimated $58 million and was fourth in press rank, sixth in television radio, No. 20 in money, No. 25 in web and No. 45 in social media.

Mickelson, 41, earned an estimated $48 million. His highest ranking came in press rank, where he was No. 33.

American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez topped the list.

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