Even after a year in retirement, Yao is still ranking high on Forbes’ (China) annual Top 100 celebrity list.
The list is compiled by looking at several variables, like earnings and buzz (in newspapers, Internet, TV and magazines). Yao ranked #8 overall, and #9 in earnings.
Li Na is ranked as the top athlete, helped by her winning the 2011 French Open.
Jay Chou ranked as the #1 celebrity overall.
Click here for a list and photos of the Top 10.