Forbes released their annual list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” and 2015’s lineup featured 34 women of color, including internationally-known powerhouses, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
The business magazine winded down an extensive catalog with well over 300 names to just 100 in eight areas: billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media, philanthropy and intergovernmental organizations, politics and technology. It then concluded who ranks at which spot on the final list based on international impact and influence, and finances.
The first black First Lady of the United States fell two spots and landed at number 10, with Forbes citing Michelle Obama’s efforts in aiding homeless veterans in America and young women around the world. Oprah Winfrey was bumped up two spots, ranking at number 12 as a self-made billionaire with a growing $3 billion net worth.
Beyoncé fell from number 17 last year to number 21 this year, but remains number one on Forbes‘ list as the highest-ranking entertainer, thanks to her and Jay-Z’s collaborative On The Run tour. The first African-American woman sworn in as the Attorney General for the United States also makes her debut as one of Forbes‘ “female firsts.” Loretta Lynch checks in at number 34, with the magazine noting her push to back President Obama’s plan for police body cameras.
For the fifth consecutive year, German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, ranked number one. Presidential democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, secured a spot on the list for the eleventh year in a row, at number two, followed by Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Check out Forbes‘ “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list in its entirety here.
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