Jay tops Forbes' China Celebrity 100 list
Thanks to his diverse works, Mandopop's golden boy Jay Chou beats Hong Kong megastar Andy Lau to top Forbes' China Celebrity 100 list this year.
The 33-year-old Taiwanese titan has had a stellar year, achieving success in different aspects of his career - be it through releasing his 11th album Exclamation Mark or starring in Dante Lam's critically and commercially acclaimed action flick The Viral Factor.
In addition, he bagged more than 10 sponsorship deals and did countless commercial live performances, including concerts, over the past year.
Following him closely at second and third places are Lau and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. This marks the first time for 30-year-old Fan to enter top three in the list. Meanwhile, Lau held over ten concerts in the course of two months. His investment in A Simple Life - a movie that went on to become a multiple-award-winning box office hit - also helped bring him fame and fortune.
Other celebrities who have earned places in the top ten are namely Faye Wong, Li Na, Zhao Benshan, Jolin Tsai, Yao Ming, Jackie Chan and Lin Chi-ling.
The celebrities in this annual list by Forbes magazine are selected based on their income and exposure in the media.
Social media like Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, also help raise the profile of Chinese celebrities like Yao Chen, Yang Mi and Xie Na. It's especially a huge leap for Yang, who rose from 92nd (last year) to 14th this time.
Published May 4 2012