Danica comes in at No. 91 among most powerful celebrities and is only driver on list
Danica Patrick is the only driver in any discipline to make the Forbes Celebrity 100, the financial magazine’s annual list of the world’s most powerful celebrities.
The Sprint Cup Series star is ranked No. 91, between actresses Sandra Bullock and Amy Poehler. Released Wednesday, the list is compiled based on net worth, fame, and publicity over the past 12 months. Editors tracked how often each celebrity was mentioned in print and on television, gauged their online presence, and added metrics that determined marketability and social networking strength.
The list is dominated by film and television stars, although media magnate Oprah Winfrey was No. 1. The magazine specifically cited Patrick’s performance at the season-opening Daytona 500, where she became the first woman to win a pole for a premier-series event in NASCAR, and where her eight-place finish was the best ever by a female competitor in the race.
Although Patrick is the only auto racing driver of any kind to make the list, she’s one of 17 athletes to make the cut. Those ranked highest are tennis great Roger Federer (eighth), golfer Tiger Woods (15th), basketball star LeBron James (16th) and soccer player David Beckham (19th).
Patrick is no stranger to Forbes lists — last year she was fifth in the magazine’s tally of highest-paid female athletes, raking in annual earnings of $13 million.