Forbes has released their list of top 100 most powerful women, and it extends way beyond just politicians and CEO’s as this year, a handful of fashion designers, celebrities and entrepreneurs have made it onto the honour role, truly highlighting how far women have come, in all walks of life, to make an impact in transforming the world.
To choose the leading ladies, Forbes selected over 250 candidates from seven categories; billionaires, business, lifestyle, media, nonprofits and NGO’s, politics, and technology. From these categories, rank was determined based on money, media presence ,and impact.
Leading the list this year is Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor since 2005 and also the first woman to hold the position. This is the seventh time she has topped the Forbes list for Most Powerful Women in the World in the last ten years. Other leading ladies include Michelle Obama, who snagged the number four spot on the list, right behind Melinda Gates.
Forbes regulars on the list include Oprah Winfrey (no. 13), Hillary Clinton (no. 5), J.K. Rowling (no. 97), and Queen Elizabeth II (no. 40). Notable newcomers to the list are fashion designer Tory Burch and Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx. These two are also the youngest women who are self-made billionaires. Here are some of our favorites from the list.
Ladies in Entertainment
Does it surprise you that Beyonce ranked higher than the Queen on this year’s list? Beyonce came in at number 17, only three spots behind Oprah. Angelina Jolie (no. 37) had a busy year, filming the high-budget film, ‘Malificent’ and also worked as a UN Goodwill Ambassador. ‘Modern Family’ actress Sofia Vergara (no. 38) followed right behind Angelina Jolie. She snagged endorsement deals from Pepsi and Covergirl and behind-the-scenes, she is also the cofounder of the talent management and media company, Latin WE. Singing ladies that topped the list as well are Lady Gaga (no. 45) and Shakira (no. 52).
Ladies in Fashion
Editor-in-chief of ‘Vogue’, Anna Wintour came in at the respectable #41 this year, right behind Queen Elizabeth II. She’s held the editor-in-chief title for twenty-five years, so there is no doubt that she is one of the most influential voices in the fashion industry. Designer Miuccia Prada came in as #58. Gisele Bundchen (no. 95) and Diane Von Furstenberg (no. 74) also made this year’s list. However, the most notable fashion figure to make the list has to go to Tory Burch (no. 69). The fashion mogul is the creator of the famous $200 ballet flat that have been flying off the shelves, and this year, she became the second youngest self-made female billionaire in America.
Philanthropists Changing the World
These ladies are the leaders of major nonprofits and NGOs and are responsible for helping out countless peeple around the world through their philanthropic actions. The leading one is Melinda Gates (no. 3) who set the goal to eradicate polio by 2018. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as also donated $140 million annually to help get contraceptives to 120 million women by 2020. Margaret Chan (no. 33) moved up two spots on the list this year and is the leader of the World Health Organization and has influence on the drugs and treatments used in countries fighting diseases like AIDS and malaria.
There is no doubt that these ladies are transforming the world before our very eyes. You can see the full list here.