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Spielberg most influential celeb

Steven Spielberg has been named the most influential celebrity of 2014.

The Oscar-winning director beat a host of other stars to take the number one spot on Forbes' list.

Spielberg took the top spot from Oprah Winfrey, who was last year's number one but slipped to second place this year.

Forbes suggested it was because she is now doing more behind the scenes with her OWN network.

Filmmakers featured strongly in the poll, with Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Stan Lee and George Lucas all in the top 10.

It was rounded out by musician Bono and TV personalities Barbara Walters, Rush Limbaugh, and Dr Mehmet Oz.

Forbes said: "Spielberg's amazing storytelling abilities have helped make him the most influential celebrity in America. In the latest edition of our annual Forbes/E-Score list, which is based on polling conducted by E-Poll Market Research, Spielberg scores a 47 for influence, which means that 47 per cent of the US population believes he is influential."

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