Forbes annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women is out, and we’re happy to report that First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé grace the top 20.
The FLOTUS landed at No. 8. “She may not carry the hard power of her husband but there’s arguably no one who makes better use of the world stage,” the magazine wrote. And as far as Oprah, who ranked No. 14, Forbes said she can thank the success of her network OWN, role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and earnings from Harpo Productions for her self-made billionaire success.
Beyonce, one of the youngest to make the list, came in at No. 17. “The 32-year-old superstar capped off a banner year that included singing for the president, performing at the Super Bowl, and headlining the most profitable tour of the year by shocking the world with a surprise “visual album” in December,” Forbes detailed. “The album is iTunes’ fastest-selling album ever, moving 828,773 units in the first three days.” Queen Bey was followed by Sofia Vergara, Ellen DeGeneres, Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Lady Gaga and Gisele Bundchen.
German Chancelor Angela Merkel landed the number one spot for the fourth year in a row. Other notable women to make the list include former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire at 43.
The trailblazers who made the list include powerhouses across technology, politics, business, finance, media, entertainment, philanthropy and NGOs. According to the publication, it’s a “definitive annual guide to the extraordinary icons and leaders, groundbreakers and ceiling crashers who command the world stage,” based on their money, media presence and social impact.
In a nutshell, this year’s list featured nine celebrities, nine heads of state, 13 billionaires, 18 entrepreneurs and 28 CEOs. According to Forbes, the 100 female leaders have a social media impact that exceeds 812 million followers and fans. In the words of Mr. Carter, who run the world?
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