Beyoncé, Taylor Swift And Rihanna Ranked On Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women In 2021

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For the 18th consecutive year, Forbes has announced its list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

The chart, which the media outlet breaks down into different categories, ranks notable people in the realms of celebrity, politics, philanthropy, art and more. The list includes 40 CEOs, 19 world leaders and an immunologist and, in the category of 'Entertainment' a few very well known, and certainly beloved faces, including Beyoncé and Rihanna. However, it might surprise you who was bestowed with the honour of Forbes' top spot.

Everyone's favourite talk show host, who recently sat down for a garden-view chat with Adele, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 23 on the list, credited for turning her show into a 'media and business empire.'

In at number 68, and topping the list in the 'Entertainment' category, is none other than fashion, beauty and music mogul Rihanna. Of the 'Umbrella' singer and Fenty founder, the publication calls her 'Barbados' most famous export' and celebrates her billionaire status and her fashion clout, for her deal with LVMH.

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Photo credit: Kevin Mazur - Getty Images

Reese Witherspoon appears in the rankings, at number 74, for her Pacific Standard and Hello Sunshine endeavours, which seek to bring better stories, and scripts written by women, to the big screen.

Taylor Swift crops up at number 78, but she was just beaten by global megastar Beyoncé, who sits at number 76, credited for the $250 million made on her On The Run tour, as well as Ivy Park and The Lion King.

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images


For all these big Hollywood and music biz names, it might surprise you who Forbes placed in the number one slot this year. Three times in the last 18 years, German chancellor Angela Merkel has sat at the top of the ranks, but as she's about to retire, the media outlet bestowed the honour on a different person.

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Photo credit: David Livingston - Getty Images

For 2021, the top spot has been given to billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, the third richest woman in the world, though the publication insists that it's 'her determination to donate it in a way that is meaningful and revolutionary that puts her above the competition.'

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