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  • Yao, Yi topping Forbes Chinese celebrity list

    While both are injured, Yao and Yi topped this year's Forbes China Celebrity List. It is the 5th consecutive year that Yao is China's most famous celebrity, while Yi jumped from 52nd to 4th in one year. Track star Liu Xiang and Martial Arts Movie Star "Jet" Li Lian Jie are #2 and #3 respectively.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by sinobball
    ....while Yi jumped from 52nd to 4th in one year....
    Does that mean he is the 4th most popular Chinese celebrity? I'm a little surprised, because he's good right now, but not great. There is plenty of potential, as everybody who says he's the next Rashard Lewis knows. But he's not there yet, so I'm surprised he's so popular.
    "I really like the attitudes of eagles. They never give up. When they grab a fish or something else, they never let it go. It doesn't matter. In a book, they write they find a skeleton of [an] eagle and there is no fish. It means that the fish beat him and killed him, but he didn't let go." -- Donatas Motiejunas


    • #3
      The point is, making the NBA is enough to make you a serious celebrity in China! Not too many can make it

      The ranking is based on commercial endorsement and salaries. Yi was 53rd (not 52, my bad) last year (2007) and 80th a year before (2006).

      In 2004 Wang Zhizhi was 17th (despite still staying in US and having 0 endorsement) and Mengke Bateer was 24th. So salaries definitely play a very important part in the list (credit goes to US Dollar for being $$$$$$ than Chinese Yuan )

      Yao Ming topped the list since its inception in 2004 and doesn't look like he will lose the spot anytime soon.
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      • #4
        This year

        2010 Forbes Chinese Celebrity List
        For the first time, celebrities from Hong Kong and Taiwan are included -- and Yao Ming dropped to 4th. Yi had been somewhat disappointing performance-wise, explaining his drop from 2008 when his hopes were high. Female celebrities are colored, (except I'm not sure about #16 and #30 )

        1. Jackie Chan (HK)
        2. Jay Chou (TW)
        3. Andy Lau (HK)
        4. Yao Ming
        5. Zhang Ziyi
        6. Zhao Benshan
        7. Jolin Tsai (TW)
        8. Donnie Yen (HK)
        9. Liu Xiang
        10. Fan Bingbing
        11. Lin Chi-ling (TW)
        12. Eason Chan (HK)
        13. Lu Chen (TW)
        14. Nicholas Tse (HK)
        15. Aaron Kwok (HK)
        16. Li Yuchun
        17. Sun Honglei
        18. Zhou Xun
        19. Huang Xiaoming
        20. Vicki Zhao
        21. Li Bingbing
        22. Wang Leehom (USA)
        23. Chow Yun-Fat (HK)
        24. Jet Li
        25. Zhang Yimou
        26. Yi Jianlian
        27. Dee Hsu (TW)
        28. Shu Qi (TW)
        29. Show Lo (TW)
        30. Xiaoshenyang
        31. Louis Koo (HK)
        32. Jacky Cheung (HK)
        33. Barbie Hsu (TW)
        34. S.H.E. (TW group)
        35. Guo Degang
        36. Jane Zhang
        37. Carina Lau (HK)
        38. A-mei (TW)
        39. Faye Wong
        40. Angela Chang (TW)
        41. Leung Chiu-Wai (HK)
        42. Ge You
        43. Chen Kun
        44. Mayday (TW group)
        45. Zhou Libo
        46. Lang Lang
        47. Betty Sun
        48. Wilber Pan (USA)
        49. Joey Yung (HK)
        50. Guo Jingjing
        51. Daniel Wu (USA)
        52. Charlene Choi (HK)
        53. Gong Li
        54. Xu Jinglei
        55. David Tao (TW)
        56. Jacky Wu (TW)
        57. Feng Xiaogang
        58. Guo Jingming
        59. Fahrenheit (TW group)
        60. Zhang Guoli
        61. Rainie Yang (TW)
        62. Karen Mok (HK)
        63. Li Yundi
        64. Xie Na
        65. Eric Tsang (HK)
        66. Crystal Liu
        67. Li Na
        68. Hu Jun
        69. Zhang Hanyu
        70. Khalil Fong (HK)
        71. Gigi Leung (HK)
        72. Ethan Juan (TW)
        73. Zheng Jie
        74. Han Han
        75. Lin Dan
        76. Leon Lai (HK)
        77. Jerry Yen (TW)
        78. Yao Chen
        79. Sun Nan
        80. Jiang Wen
        81. Chen Chusheng
        82. He Jiong
        83. Gao Yuanyuan
        84. Yan Ni
        85. Liu Ye
        86. Zhang Jie
        87. Ding Junhui
        88. Vivian Hsu (TW)
        89. Deng Chao
        90. Joe Cheng (TW)
        91. Vic Chou (TW)
        92. Alec Su (TW)
        93. Ekin Cheng (HK)
        94. Zhang Yining
        95. Bibi Zhou
        96. Tang Wei
        97. Wang Baoqiang
        98. Huang Bo
        99. Kevin Tsai (TW)
        100. Wang Han

        PS: Since Mengke Bateer starred in a movie with 10 (1/10) of the above listed, maybe it's time to see him on the list next year
        Last edited by sinobball; 05-06-2010, 05:00 PM.
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        • #5
          Its nice to see my Chinese Idols on the list:

          Yao Ming

          Yi Jianlian

          Faye Wong

          Zhang Yimou

          Zhao Wei

          I see, Vienna Teng did not make it this year.


          • #6
            Originally posted by LordOfLeyte View Post
            I see, Vienna Teng did not make it this year.
            Honestly I did not even know who she is... but I think Forbes based the ranking in terms of influence in Greater China only, so it's unlikely for oversea Chinese to make the list unless they frequently perform in Greater China.

            Do you like Faye Wong from her movies or from her songs? She had only 2 public performances in the past year, after almost 7 years of dormancy, but still managed to crack the top 40.... She is called "Asian Diva" for a reason
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            • #7
              I love Faye Wong for her songs which were recorded in English as part of her Western version of her album back in 99.

              On Vienna Teng, she's a musician / pianists / poet and song-writer based on California and her performances even draws generous crowds and she is also a regular performer in some selected New York venues. I love her songs and I have all three of her albums.


              • #8
                Just listened to a bunch of Vienna's songs on YT, beautiful voice. I think her song-writing could improve, but she's already talented to begin with (Stanford computer science major? ) I see her real surname is "Shih" but I think I know why she uses "Teng" as her stage name in the English world...

                I'm a big fan of Faye's music... she sometimes sounds like she's about to die, but it is precisely this dreamy quality in her voice that made her such a superstar... It's also impressive that a Beijing local who grew up speaking Mandarin can go on to dominate Cantonese pop, and has almost no accent in all her English songs:
                Last edited by sinobball; 06-02-2010, 03:26 AM.
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                • #9
                  Once I get my credit card back, I'm going to purchase Faye Wong albums online. I'm building an all Asian music library. While I know now why my daughter loves Faye Wong's song "Eyes On Me" because it was a sound-track for a video game. Thank you.

                  I got hooked on Vienna Teng on 2004 on her debut album Waking Hour.

                  I also miss Leslie Cheung, before his untimely death; he was on the Forbes list as well.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sinobball View Post

                    In 2004 Wang Zhizhi was 17th (despite still staying in US and having 0 endorsement) and Mengke Bateer was 24th. So salaries definitely play a very important part in the list (credit goes to US Dollar for being $$$$$$ than Chinese Yuan )

                    i dont know if there was some hidden pun or form of sarcasm to this statement. i saw the words "credit", "us dollar" "$$$$$$$" "chinese yuan"

                    it reminded me of the joe wong special about a chinese american being bilingual and president of america
                    "A nationality that easily feels wronged is an insecure one, and one that will be difficult to progress."-Anonymous


                    • #11
                      that list was rigged!
                      how come the like of eason chan or nicholas tse above Chow yun fat? and now way ekin cheng beaten by such creature as karen mok
                      "BHINEKA TUNGGAL IKA"


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by satria_muda View Post
                        how come the like of eason chan or nicholas tse above Chow yun fat? and now way ekin cheng beaten by such creature as karen mok
                        Simply it's based on the past calendar year, not all-time. And what do you have against Karen?

                        For those of you who don't know what Phantim3dx is talking about:

                        I don't hate on my people with bad accents, but I didn't really laugh at that. He has clever jokes but the delivery was too monotonous (speed-wise and expression-wise). I wish him well but I think I prefer Danny Cho or Peter Russell for Asian jokes.

                        Leslie was WAY before my time. I watched some of his movies and his songs but I don't pay attention to male artists... Who else will be in your "All-Asian music library"? Just curious
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                        • #13
                          So far, my all Asian Music Library consists of 1 album from Faye Wong, Kyu Sakamoto's Sukiyaki carrier album, The Best of Timi Yuro, Lea Salonga's rendition of love songs

                          and my daughter's Jolin Tsai album.

                          That's it so far and I will be researching and purchasing online for more contemporary Asian Artists.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LordOfLeyte View Post
                            and my daughter's Jolin Tsai album.
                            Oh heavens I never understood why she's popular... I think I'm more of the old-school-ballad type, can't stand those "singers" who dance all the time... but that's just me of course

                            I just checked out Lea Salonga... I see she is the original Mulan singer. Wow powerful voice

                            And thanks to you I probably watched/listened to ~40 of Faye's songs since yesterday...(LOL I have no life)... Brought out lots of memories from my teenage years... Maybe you haven't seen her "comeback performance" 2 months ago @ Chinese New Year with this song, appropriately titled "Legend":

                            I remember when MJ came back to the NBA in 2001 the league's best guards were Vince, Stackhouse, Kobe, Iverson etc. but still nobody dared to compare them to Jordan. It's the same with Faye; she may be 41 (although looks like 31) and unknown to the younger generation (e.g. Jolin fans ), but a legend is a legend and not to be compared

                            Faye Wong appeared on the cover of TIME magazine in 1996.

                            An encore for Faye Wong
                            By Chen Nan (China Daily)
                            Dec 11, 2009

                            Faye Wong's comeback, after 6 years, seems to have been confirmed this time.

                            Since the pop diva announced her retirement in 2003, rumours about her possible comeback have been trailing behind her. For her fans throughout Asia, the singer has always been an icon without equal.

                            "She is a legend," says Chen Tao, 28, a DJ on Hit FM, part of China Radio International. "It's like Americans talking about Madonna, she represents a certain era of pop music, a certain trend, and a vision of being unique."

                            Wong moved to Hong Kong with her family from Beijing in 1987, where she began her career as a model. Soon, she signed with a music company and released numerous albums containing classic Cantonese pop songs such as Fragile Woman and No Regrets. In 1994, the album Sky garnered many awards and she was given the title "Best Female Singer" in Asia.

                            She made 20 albums by 2000 and sold a reported 9.7 million units. She was the first Chinese singer to appear on the cover of TIME magazine.

                            "When you listen to Faye Wong now, you see that her songs bear no resemblance to what we hear today. When we miss her, we look for her through the songs," says Zhang Yadong, who has been working with Wong since 1994. "She is irreplaceable in the hearts of many fans, though lots of female singers have emerged over the years."

                            Her comeback will be a huge event.

                            "She has been an icon all the time. It would be a great event if she could make a comeback this time," Zhang says. "She has all her greatest hits, some of the greatest hits in the history of Chinese pop music, after all."
                            Pardon my self-indulged nostalgia... Anyway, to return to topic , expect Faye Wong in the top-10 of this Forbes list next year. Yao Ming would probably return to #1 after injuries. Not sure what the future holds for Yi though
                            Last edited by sinobball; 05-02-2010, 12:23 AM.
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                            • #15
                              Indeed, Yao would be number #1 again.

                              I just want Vienna Teng on the list even if just #99.



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