Cultural impact might mean as much as money and political influence, as evidenced by the celebrities on Forbes' 2010 World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.
The list is based less on traditional titles and roles and more on creative influence as well as entrepreneurship, the building of brands, the breaking of barriers.
The women of politics, business, media and lifestyle (entertainment, sports and fashion) were ranked in each group, and after that, in group against group.
Two of the top three in one photo!
The diverse mash-up of hard and dynamic power led to this top ten:
- Michelle Obama, First Lady of the U.S.
- Irene Rosenfeld, Chief Executive, Kraft Foods
- Oprah Winfrey, Talk show host and media mogul
- Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State, U.S.
- Indra Nooya, Chief Executive, Pepsico
- Lady Gaga, Singer and rumored hermaphrodite
- Gail Kelly, Chief Executive, Westpac
- Beyoncé Knowles, Singer and fashion designer
- Ellen DeGeneres, Talk show host
What do you think of this list of the most powerful females? Spot on? Off base? Who would you include/exclude? Who should be higher?