Hawaii-born singer-songwriter and entertainer Bruno Mars is the top-ranked newcomer to Forbes business magazine’s latest Celebrity 100 list.
He is one of 20 stars who debuted on this year’s list that ranks the 100 most powerful personalities that work in film, TV, books, sports, music and modeling, based on estimated earnings.
Mars made a strong showing at number 13, with estimated earnings of $60 million. His Super Bowl halftime performance was a major factor for his success, as it helped propel sales of his latest album, “Unorthodox Jukebox,” to double platinum status of more than two million copies sold. His ongoing “Moonshine Jungle” tour — which included sold-out Honolulu shows in May — has also buoyed his status.
Other first-time celebrities on the list include fellow singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams, British boy band One Direction; actors Bradley Cooper, Bryan Cranston, Vin Diesel, Jon Hamm, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey and Kerry Washington; tennis player Novak Djokovic (now competing at Wimbledon), NBA star Kevin Durant, talk show host Jimmy Fallon, “Divergent” author Veronica Roth, and supermodel Kate Upton.