Homes of the world's most powerful celebrities in 2013

Every year Forbes releases its Celebrity 100 list, a ranking of America’s top stars as measured by earnings and fame. With the help of,, Zillow and others, we’ve dug through listings and property records to uncover where these actors, singers, athletes and public personalities bed down for the night. We included homes bought and sold in the past year as well as a few long-term nests. Perhaps not surprisingly, most are located in the Los Angeles area.

The hottest neighborhoods among the Tinseltown elite are Beverly Hills’ Trousdale Estates and Hollywood Hills’ Bird Streets, two side-by-side communities perched high in the hills above Sunset Boulevard. “The reason that they are so much in demand right now is the view,” says Sally Forster Jones, an L.A.-based Coldwell Banker Previews International real estate agent who has helped broker deals for the likes of Barbra Streisand, Candy Spelling, Jessica Biel and Arnold Schwarznegger. “Celebrities, particularly, really want a drop-dead view and they will go to any lengths to get it. Price is less material than having the view.”

Here are the top 10:

1. Oprah Winfrey
Celebrity 100 Rank: No. 1
Pictured Home: Promised Land, Montecito, Calif.
Sale Price: $50 million in 2001
Current Market Value: $88 million
Splash News/Newscom

The media billionaire's 23,000-square-foot Georgian-style manse sits on more than 40 acres, boasting a tea house, more than 600 rose bushes and an upscale outhouse.

2. Madonna
Celebrity 100 Rank: No. 5
Pictured Home: French country-Style Estate, Beverly Hills, Calif.
List Price: $22.5 million
Listed With: Sotheby's International Realty

The pop powerhouse put her Beverly Hills compound on the Multiple Listing Services in January after reportedly shopping it quietly as a pocket listing. The property spans 1.25 acres and has a 17,000-square foot home with nine bedrooms, multiple offices, staff quarters, a two-story dining room, a gym and a resort-style pool. She recently sold a duplex co-op apartment in Manhattan's Harperly Hall building for $16 million, a 32% discount off of the initial $23.5 million asking price. She currently resides in a triple-wide Georgian townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side purchased for $32.5 million in 2009.


(5 Pages) | Read all

Market Performance