These Are The Most Powerful Women, According To Forbes

2Photo: Courtesy of WhiteHouse.Gov.
According to Forbes, the most powerful woman of 2014 is Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. This marks Merkel's ninth year out of the past 10 where she's held the number one spot. But, you'll notice the rest of the list includes a fairly rotating cast of characters. Michelle Obama, the only woman of color to break the top 10, sits at number eight. Lady Gaga makes the list at number 67. She's the only woman under 30 years old, but her presence is a bit of a surprise considering all the backlash she's received over the last few months. You'll also see Beyoncé at number 17.
Advertisement
Forbes uses a specific system to decide who to include. From a preliminary group of over 250, it ultimately chooses the 100 from eight categories/power bases: billionaires; business; celebrity; finance; media; philanthropy and NGOs; politics; and technology. To determine the category ranking (and eventually the overall ranking), each woman is measured by "money, media momentum, spheres of influence, and impact." A complete explanation can be viewed here.
As with any systemic ranking of people, there are inherent issues with Forbes' list. Many of the women, for example, are famous in tandem with their husbands and might not appear solo — which is not to say they aren't incredible in their own right, but their influence works in tandem with another's (Bill and Melinda Gates for example). Many also come from privileged families — even Laurene Powell-Jobs is listed at number 29 with an "and family" attached to her name. And, perhaps we're biased, but the lack of artists, authors, and journalists on this list is a bit of a bummer. Still, it's always a wonderful reminder to see the massive countries, corporations, and philanthropic organizations that are helmed by truly influential women. (Forbes)
Advertisement

More from Pop Culture

If Rob Kardashian needs to get in touch with his little sister, he's going to have to send his message through another Kardashian. Rob has revealed that ...
For any outsider, it seems impossible to pinpoint exactly where things went wrong for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. However, some new details have ...
Let's play a game. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a superhero outfit. Are you wearing a red, white, and blue bodysuit with a gold headband-cum-...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
Some twentysomethings are all about enjoying the single life. Others can't wait to settle down. Nicole Kidman happened to be the latter. The 49-year-old...
Word to the wise: Should you ever become acquainted with any of the Kardashians, don't give out your phone number. Better yet, pretend you're on The Wire ...
Earlier this week, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts announced their separation, ending their 11-year relationship. Their split tears at our freshly mended ...
Nick Jonas has already gone solo musically, but it seems he'd now like to do the same in his personal life. The single JoBro told Los Angeles ...
Justin Bieber's presence is requested in Florida, but, unfortunately for him, not by his fans. According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Bieber to come back...
Another week of Fantasy Football means another week of triumph, or in my case, heartbreak. My team, Good Better Besser, lost again this week. And to add ...
Single? Find yourself a John Legend. The man knows exactly what to say when his wife, model and social media guru Chrissy Teigen is brought up. In his ...
Justin Theroux is one year into his union with Jennifer Aniston, and he's happily married. His secret to success: kindness. The Girl on the Train star ...
Jennifer Garner's most important alias of the past decade has definitely been her role as a mother. The 44-year-old has three children (Violet, 10, ...
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna aren't broken up after all, y'all. They just are a experimenting with living in separate homes until the baby arrives, ...