This position puts the Obamas ahead of a host of big names according to the specialist magazine including Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Scarlett Johansson, Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt. The ranking comes just under three years after they left the White House. The Hollywood Reporter explained: “Who wouldn't take their call? The former president, 58, and first lady, 55, kicked off 2019 with a Sundance acquisition — documentary American Factory, which premiered to strong reviews on Netflix in August en route to an awards-season run.
“Tonia Davis and Priya Swaminathan, co-heads of Obama banner Higher Ground, are steering projects under the couple's deal with the streamer — including adaptations of David W. Blight's Frederick Douglass bio and Michael Lewis' Fifth Risk, and Bloom, a post-World War II-era show about fashion — plus podcasts under a new deal with Spotify.”
Kathleen Kennedy, the President of Lucasfilm is just ahead of the Obamas.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger is first on the list.
Whilst Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos share second on a joint ticket like the Obamas share 50th.
Michelle Obama and her husband rank 50th in the list of most powerful entertainers (Image: GETTY)
Disney chief Bob Iger was top of the list (Image: GETTY)
The editors of the magazine compiled the list based on reach, success made in the previous year, the power to deliver on a project and indicators on influence.
The list was announced on Wednesday.
It was the fourth such annual list.
The Obamas featured for the first