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Success: talent, intelligence or beauty ?

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  • GERGAUD, Olivier

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    (Université de Reims (Troyes Institute of Technology) and Reims Management School, France)

  • GINSBURGH, Victor

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    (Université Libre de Bruxelles, ECARES, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium and Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Abstract

We analyze the Celebrity 100 annual list of the world’s most “powerful celebrities” compiled and published by Forbes Magazine. The lists provide an interesting collection of people, that includes their earnings, and the perception of citizens concerning the attributes that made them become celebrities. We analyze the relationship between their earnings and the perceptions on their intelligence, talent, beauty and other attributes, and show that though beauty plays a role, intelligence and talent are more important.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers with number 2010072.

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Date of creation: 01 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2010072

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  1. When will I be famous?
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