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Oprah & Beyoncé Make Forbes ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’ List

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Posted 05/23/13

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Who runs the world? Beyoncé and Oprah do!

Forbes Magazine has released its annual list of 100 most powerful women, and apparently only a few celebrities made the list this year, signalling a cream-rising-to-the-top phenomenon along with the recognition of women dominating in other sectors.

While innovators and world leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama dominate the Top 10, two of entertainment’s most powerful women, Beyoncé and Oprah Winfrey, make it into the Top 20. There’s that cream rising to the top.

Oprah, who held the No. 3 spot in 2010, came in at No. 13 this year, while Queen Bey clocks in at No. 17. Two years ago, the “Single Ladies” singer was No. 9.

This year the list features nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.8 trillion — including the No. 1 Power Woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 24 corporate CEOs control $893 billion in annual revenues, and 16 of the women here founded their own companies, including two of the three new billionaires to the list, Tory Burch and Spanx’s Sara Blakely. Speaking of, this year’s class has 14 billionaires valued in excess of $82 billion.

Read the whole Forbes list here.

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