Esteemed filmmaker Steven Spielberg received more than two thumbs up from Forbes in their annual Most Influential Celebrity In America List for 2014. The veteran director beat out Oprah, scoring a 47, meaning 47 percent of the population believes he is influential.
The respected magazine puts Spielberg’s win down to his “amazing storytelling abilities,” after their E-Poll Market Research Surveys allowed Americans to rank celebrities based on their likeability and personality traits. The famed moviemaker’s most recent release was 2012’s Lincoln starring Daniel Day-Lewis, which won two Oscars and snagged 12 nominations. The blockbuster stacked an impressive $275 million worldwide at the box office.
Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey, who’s held the title for the past two years, received the number two spot on the countdown followed by successful film directors George Lucas, Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese. Dr. Oz, Barbara Walters, Bono, Stan Lee and Rush Limbaugh were also included in the top 10.
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