By Ruth 66
Forbes Magazine has chosen Lady Gaga as the eleventh most powerful woman in the world. At 25, she's the youngest on the list. She raked in more than $90 million this year and she was the first person to reach 12 million followers on Twitter. In the past three months she has begun promotional deals with Google, Zynga and Gilt and is a financial backer in Backplane, a Silicon Valley start-up. The sales of Gaga-endorsed MAC's VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lip gloss have raised more than $202 million to fight HIV and AIDS.
First Lady, Michelle Obama is #8 on the list. The Harvard and Princeton educated wife of the U.S. President is more popular than her husband with an approval rating of 70%. The first lady keeps a high profile with her mission to end childhood obesity and her stylish fashion choices.
#6 Melinda Gates, 47, has her name on top of the world's wealthiest and most generous private foundation, investing in poverty eradication, public health and education. Last year the charity gave away $2.5 billion. Over the last eight years, the couple has donated $24 billion to the organization, or roughly two-thirds of its total endowment. This year, the main campaign has been to expand access to immunization vaccines in the developing world.
#5 Sheryl Sandberg, 41, is COO, the second in command at Facebook. The Harvard MBA served as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, and managed Google's online global sales and operations as a Vice President.
#3 Dilma Rousseff, 63, is the President of Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America. As the first female Chief of Staff under reformist President Lula da Silva, appointed in 2005, she was widely expected to be his successor. Involved in Latin America's radical labor politics, Rousseff was jailed for two years. In 2001, when she was appointed Minister of Energy, Rousseff began to alter her views towards a more a pragmatic and capitalist approach. Today she is battling a rebellious National Congress threatening to halt her agenda and Brazil's economic boom
Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton is the second most powerful woman in the world. The 63 year old was educated at Wellesley and Yale and of course, our former First Lady. Forbes says Ms. Clinton continues to earn high marks for advancing U.S. interests and policies overseas and pushing women's issues, development and education to the top of the foreign policy agenda.
Forbes Magazine names German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the most powerful woman in the world. The married, 57 year old chief is the head of the one real global economy in Europe and is the "undisputed" leader of the EU.
Other notable women on the power list include: Oprah at #14, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at #15, Beyonce at #18, Arianna Huffington at #31, Diane Sawyer #47, Queen Elizabeth2 #49, J.K. Rowling made #61 and Diane Von Furstenberg is #91. For the complete list, go to: http://www.forbes.com/wealth/power-women/list.