Rihanna, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Serena Williams and Queen Elizabeth II are just some of the 100 women who made Forbes’ ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list.
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After serving an astonishing 16 years at the helm of Europe’s most powerful economy, German chancellor Angela Merkel has long reigned supreme on Forbes’ list.
But, as women around the world continue to bear the pandemic’s burden and rise to the challenge of steering us toward recovery, it is clear that power now extends beyond traditional titles and can be exercised effectively and impactfully in unconventional ways.
According to Forbes, this year Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, took the top spot.
At the moment, Scott is the third-richest woman in the world, but what makes her position interesting is the fact that she didn’t head the company that amassed her wealth.
New faces – Mackenzie Scott
Scott actually pledged to donate most of her money to those in need.
“Scott is using her massive fortune to not only support nonprofits doing good work but also to challenge the way wealth and power are accumulated in this country,” wrote ForbesWomen editor Maggie McGrath of this unconventional list topper.
In this file photo taken on 24 April 2018 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos. Jeff Bezos announced on 9 January on Twitter that he and his wife Mackenzie were divorcing after a long separation. Image: Jorg Carstensen/AFP.
Setting new industry standards
Meanwhile, Reese Witherspoon (74) and newly-minted billionaire Rihanna (68) became the highest-earning female talent within their respective arenas by placing big bets that recast narratives, upended traditional business models, and set new industry standards.
List newcomer and superstar investor Cathie Wood (53), founder of Ark Invest, has created unique power thanks to her prescient predictions and savvy for spotting tomorrow’s tech breakthroughs (think early investments in Bitcoin and Tesla).
Other faces who are well-known include the talk-show host, Oprah Winfrey (23), Queen Elizabeth (70), Beyoncé (76), Taylor Swift (78) and Serena Williams (85).
Rihanna’s fashion label is taking a backseat. Image: Twitter/Rihanna
The Top 10
The top 10 is mostly dominated by women in philanthropy, business, finance and politics.
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