Lady Gaga may have been ousted by JLo on the top spot of FORBES 2012's list of the Most Powerful Celebrities, but she still holds court over some 26 million Little Monsters. She raked in $52 million over the past year, a massive haul for the artist, whose Born This Way Ball tour kicked off in April. In addition to the platinum success of her latest album, and the launch of her very own social network, Gaga focused on philanthropic work in 2012. She continues to work with the MAC AIDS Foundation and announced the launch of her own non-profit, the Born This Way Foundation, which is underwritten by the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University.
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