Watch: How Rihanna Became A Global Powerhouse

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Despite all the headlines Rihanna has made over the past year due to her alleged rekindled romance with Chris Brown, business is booming. The singer is so in-demand, in fact, she can rake in a cool $8 million for flipping a switch, which is why she ranks No. 3 on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index.

With the launch of a sexy new fragrance, a new $12 million Pacific Palisades estate and a lucrative deal as the face (and body) of Armani Jeans, the “Diamonds” singer reigned supreme in 2012.

In November, the songstress celebrated a historical music milestone by topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for her hit song, “Diamonds” for the 12th time in her career. The impressive feat — aaccomplished in just six years — places RiRi ahead of Mariah Carey as the first female artist to reach 12 number-one hits in the fastest amount of time and ties her with Madonna and The Supremes for the fourth-most number-one singles in Billboard history.

That same month, the singer released her seventh studio album, Unapologetic, featuring collaborations with EminemFuture and on-and-off flame Brown and posed for GQ’s Men of the Year installment. In a barely-there lingerie shoot Kate Mossthe singer was featured front and center in the December 2012 issue.

Why does Rihanna rank so high on our list? Launch the video above to hear our experts weigh in on the controversial singer.

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