Who are the most powerful women in the world ? Forbes has compiled a list of the top 100 women in the world ranging from politics and business to entertainment. Joining major players Hillary R. Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.
Coming in at no. 14 on the list, Lady Gaga is officially the most powerful female recording artist. With 26 million “little monsters” and $52 million in earnings over the last year, Gaga is also raking in with her “Born This Way Ball” and the recent launch of her own social network, Littlemonsters.com.
While Gaga is the leading pop star, Oprah Winfrey is labeled “self-made” and “The Queen of Media” on her Power 100 profile. Raising the bar with OWN and securing a new deal with Comcast, Oprah comes in at no. 11.
Following Oprah and Lady Gaga, Beyonce Knowles arrives at no.32.
“In Beyonce’s 2011 anthem, “Girls (Who Run The World),” she champions women who are “strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.” And in 2012, she did just that,” reports Forbes. “After giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter (with rapper Jay Z) in January, Knowles hit the stage in May for a sold-out four night performance she dubbed “Back to Business.”
Fellow multi-tasking diva Jennifer Lopez joins Beyonce in handling business.
Coming in at no.38, Lopez earned her spot due to projects in music and television, including “American Idol” and producing shows for networks including TruTV (“South Beach Tow”) and Fox (Q’Viva).
Michelle Obama and Shakira also made the list. German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Power 100.
Visit Forbes for the entire “Power 100” list.