I knew Jennifer Lopez was a powerful Latina diva but I don't think I realized just how big her empire was…until today. Forbes just named her number one on their Celebrity 100 list! The list ranks the most powerful people in entertainment and Lopez beat out all of the other amazing artists and entrepreneurs this year, including Oprah, Justin BieberRihanna and Lady Gaga. That's HUGE news!

The 42-year-old was number 50 on the list last year, but this time around she climbed her way to the top spot by essentially becoming the world's most sought after celebrity. In the last 12 months alone, Forbes estimates that Lopez has made an income of $52 million due to an influx of new hit singles, major movie roles, and a growing amount of endorsement deals with some of the world's biggest companies. Oh yeah and she's going on her first ever international music tour this summer!

But the factor that really sealed the deal? Her judging duties on American Idol!  Her weekly appearances on the show have made America fall in love with her all over again –and reportedly earned her over 23,000 press mentions, 46 major magazine covers, and a spot on both People's 2011 Most Beautiful and Glamour Women of the Year lists. WOW! I am tired just thinking of all of that. Seriously, that mama may be the busiest woman in Hollywood, if not the entire planet.

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Say what you will about her, you can't deny that Lopez works hard. I personally am proud of her for being able to juggle her INSANELY busy career and her 4-year-old twins, Max and Emme. I mean, I can't even imagine what a typical day in her life is like! Does she ever get any days off?

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Earning this spot on the list is monumental for her and the whole Latino community. And whether you love to hate her or hate to love her, you have to admit that her superhero-like ability to handle all this attention and  pressure is inspiring and pretty freakin' impressive!

Are you surprised that Lopez is at the top of the list? Tell us in the comments below!

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Michelle Regalado is a Staff Writer at MamásLatinas. She loves reading, travel, pop culture, and writing about anything and everything.

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