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LeBron James, Taylor Swift Play Well On SurveyMonkey Celebrity Scorecard

By Barry Janoff

August 11, 2016: "Can't buy me love, everybody tells me so," The Beatles first sang in 1964. And now, celebrities such as Taylor Swift, LeBron James, Rihanna and Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson are finding that those words still sing true in 2016.

Last month, Forbes compiled a list of the 100 World's Highest-Paid Celebrities, with a Top Five that included Swift ($170 million), One Direction ($110 million), James Patterson ($95 million), Dr. Phil McGraw ($88 million) and Cristiano Ronaldo ($88 million).

Following Ronaldo, the Top Five athletes on the list included Lionel Messi (No. 8 overall, $81.5 million), LeBron James (No. 11, $77 million), Roger Federer (No. 16, $68 million) and tied at No. 26 Novak Djokovic and Kevin Durant ($56 million each).

However, when it comes to such attributes as "Most Respected," "Most Talented," "Best Brand," "Least Respected" and "Overpaid," the lists of stars and athletes line up somewhat differently, according to research and online survey platform SurveyMonkey.

According to SurveyMonkey's findings, the Top Ten "Most Valued" celebrities are Ellen DeGeneres, Swift, Rolling Stones, Adele, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Garth Brooks, LeBron James, Dr. Phil McGraw, Madonna and James Patterson.

Swift (pictured in her commercial for Apple) is down at tied for fourth among "Most Respected" celebrities, a list headed by Degeneres, who is "only" No. 13 among highest-paid celebs, taking in $75, almost $100 million less than Swift.

The Top Five most respected also include Adele, Johnson, James and Limbaugh.

Swift also falls behind Adele and James as "Most Talented," but does come in at No. 1 as "Most Attractive," No. 2 in "Business Savvy" behind Paul McCartney and No. 3 in 'Best Brand" behind the Rolling Stones and McCartney.

James, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA title this past season, is seen as being popular but, concurrently, overpaid.

James is No. 11 on the Forbes list, making $77 million, and for that is ranked No. 1 on the SurveyMonkey "Most Overpaid" list, followed by Rush Limbaugh, Dr. Phil McGraw, Swift and Howard Stern.

But people surveyed seem to like James. He is second behind Adele in "Most Talented," No. 3 in "Contributing to Society" in addition to No. 4 as "Most Respected."

Taking into account just athletes, James is No. 1 as "Most Talented" and have the "Best Brand," and is No. 4 among athletes with whom those surveyed would want to "Trade Lives," behind Tom Brady, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eli Manning.

MonkeySurvey said its  2016 Celebrity Measures are based on survey responses from a sample of 2,500 adults in the U.S. across five surveys.

Most Respected
1. Ellen DeGeneres
T2. Adele
T2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
T4. LeBron James
T4. Rush Limbaugh
T4. Taylor Swift
7. Dr. Phil McGraw
8. Garth Brooks
9. Rolling Stones
10. Roger Federer

1. Adele
T2. LeBron James
T2. Taylor Swift
4. Rolling Stones
5. Garth Brooks
6. Madonna
T7. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
T7. Ellen DeGeneres
T7. Roger Federer
10. David Copperfield
Contributing to Society
1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Dr. Phil McGraw
T3. LeBron James
T3. Rush Limbaugh
5. Rolling Stones
6. Taylor Swift
7. Garth Brooks
8. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
10. Madonna

1. LeBron James
2. Rush Limbaugh
3. Dr. Phil McGraw
4. Taylor Swift
5. Howard Stern
6. Madonna
T7. One Direction 
T7. Rihanna
T9. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
T9. Ellen DeGeneres
Most Attractive
1. Taylor Swift
2. Rihanna
3. Adele
4. Paul McCartney
5. Garth Brooks
6. Kenny Chesney
7. Bruce Springsteen
8. Calvin Harris
9. U2
10. AC/DC
Business Savvy
1. Paul McCartney
2. Taylor Swift
3. Sean Combs
4. Madonna
5. Rolling Stones
6. U2
7. Garth Brooks
T8. Adele
T8. Bruce Springsteen
10. AC/DC

Best Brand
1. Rolling Stones
2. Paul McCartney
3. Taylor Swift
4. AC/DC
5. Bruce Springsteen
6. Adele
7. Garth Brooks
8. U2
9. Madonna
10. Rihanna

Respect The Least
1. Justin Bieber
2. Sean Combs
T3. Madonna
T3. Taylor Swift
5. Rihanna
6. One Direction
T7. U2
9. Garth Brooks
10. Rolling Stones

Talented (Athletes)
1. LeBron James
2. Tom Brady
3. Tiger Woods
4. Kobe Bryant
5. Eli Manning
6. Lionel Messi
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Roger Federer
T9. Cam Newton
T9. Phil Mickelson
Best Brand (Athletes)
1. LeBron James
T2. Kobe Bryant
T2. Tom Brady
T4. Eli Manning
T4. Tiger Woods
6. Phil Mickelson
7. Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Roger Federer
9. Cam Newton
10. Lionel Messi

Trade Lives (Athletes)
1. Tom Brady
T2. Cristiano Ronaldo
T2. Eli Manning
4. LeBron James
5. Phil Mickelson
6. Kobe Bryant
7. Jordan Spieth
T8. Roger Federer
T8. Tiger Woods
10. Floyd Mayweather
Respect the Most (Athletes)
1. Eli Manning
2. Phil Mickelson  
3. LeBron James
4. Tom Brady
5. Kobe Bryant
T6. Cam Newton
T6. Roger Federer
8. Cristiano Ronaldo
9. Jordan Spieth
10. Tiger Woods 


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