World’s most powerful women; Forbes releases its annual list

Forbes released its annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Women today, which features 100 of the fiercest females ranked by money, media momentum and social impact.

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And in addition to powerful CEOs and influential politicians, a number of famous faces from the entertainment industry who have made the cut— include Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé and Angelina Jolie.

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The ‘Drunk in Love’ hitmaker – who has two-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with husband Jay Z – placed 17th in Forbes magazine’s annual list of the top 100 female “icons, leaders, ground breakers and ceiling crashers” worldwide.

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Other famous faces to appear on the 100-strong list – which was topped for the ninth time by German Chancellor Angela Merkel – included media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, who placed three ahead of Beyonce at 14, ‘Modern Family’ actress Sofia Vergara, who was 32nd and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres took 46 spot.

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The Maleficent star, who serves as special envoy for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), nabbed the No. 50 spot on the list.

Lower down in the list, singer Shakira took 58th place, while fellow chart star Lady Gaga ranked 67th and supermodel Gisele Bundchen was 89th.

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The annual Forbes list selected women from eight categories or power bases, billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and NGOs, politics and technology and they were then ranked according to money, media presence, spheres of influence and impact.

The final 100 is drawn from an initial list of 250 women.

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Top Ten Most Powerful Women:

No. 1. Angela Merkel, age 59

Chancellor, Germany

No. 2. Janet Yellen, age 67

Chair, Federal Reserve, United States

No. 3. Melinda Gates, age 49

Philanthropist, United States

No. 4. Dilma Rousseff, age 66

President, Brazil

No. 5. Christine Lagarde, age 58

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, France

No. 6. Hillary Clinton, age 66

Former Secretary of State, United States

No. 7. Mary Barra, age 52

CEO, General Motors, United States

No. 8. Michelle Obama, age 50

First Lady, United States

No. 9. Sheryl Sandberg, age 44

COO, Facebook, United States

No. 10. Virginia Rometty, age 56

CEO, IBM, United States

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