Madonna ‘more powerful’ than Rolling Stones

Elton John and Jay-Z also among the world's most influential

American magazine Forbes has produced its annual Celebrity 100 list for 2007, and it has crowned Madonna as the most powerful musician above the likes of The Rolling Stones.

Forbes generated the list by analysing celebrity earnings, in addition to monitoring media metrics such as Google hits, press mentions as compiled by Lexis/Nexis, TV and radio mentions from Factiva and the number of times an A-lister appears on the cover of major consumer magazines.

Featuring third on the overall list, and reaching the top of the musician pile, Madonna came in above The Rolling Stones, Elton John and even rock giants U2.

The musicians list is as follows:

3. Madonna

4. The Rolling Stones

7. Elton John

9. Jay-Z

18. Bon Jovi

20. Celine Dion

22. U2

32. 50 Cent

34. Justin Timberlake

43. Sean Combs

57. Will Smith

60. Jessica Simpson

The list itself was topped by Oprah Winfrey.

See Forbes.com

for the full list.