Forbes China released the 2009 China Celebrity List on March 17. Over six consecutive years Forbes has released the rankings, 25 celebrities have continuously made the list.
NBA star Yao Ming continues to top the list, while the overall ranking of Liu Xiang has dropped from second place last year to fifth this year. Zhang Ziyi soars to second place by starring in films such as Forever Enthralled as well as in several huge endorsements. Zhao Benshan ranks 15th on the list.
Forbes China releases its China Celebrity List every March, and the 100 stars on the list are Chinese celebrities, born in Chinese mainland and who have made outstanding achievements and exerted extensive influence in areas such as entertainment, sports, culture and media over the past year. Overall rankings of the stars are decided by two indicators: income and media exposure.
By People's Daily Online