Beyoncé & Oprah Among Most Powerful Women
These women are entertainers and newsmakers, but they’re also ambassadors for meaningful causes and entrepreneurs. Here are 10 of the most powerful women in media and entertainment.
Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey
Though she turned 60 in January, Winfrey is still going at a furious pace. She’s been a red carpet staple this past year and has reversed the fortunes of her once-struggling network OWN.
Musician, entrepreneur, actress
The 32-year-old superstar capped off a banner year that included singing for the president, performing at the Super Bowl, and headlining the most profitable tour of the year by shocking the world with a surprise “visual album” in December. The album is iTunes’ fastest-selling album ever, moving 828,773 units in the first three days.
The star of “Modern Family” is the highest-paid actor on television, bringing in an impressive $30 million last year. Like the rest of her sitcom “Family,” Vergara makes $175,000 an episode, but the bulk of the Emmy-nominee’s worth comes from lucrative endorsements and licensing deals.
Editor-in-Chief, Vogue; Artistic Director, Conde Nast Publications, Inc.
It’s been a year of highs for the most-watched woman in fashion. In May the Metropolitan Museum of Art renamed its halls of fashion, including the Costume Institutes Galleries, in honor of the Vogue editor, The Anna Wintour Costume Center. Back to her day job at Conde Nast, by the end of 2013 company-wide print advertising had increased 3.3% and digital 28%.
Comedian, director/producer, personality, philanthropist
The star and executive producer of “The Ellen Show” will be dancing all over daytime TV through 2017. The show has attracted record ratings in its 11th season. The social media pro (28 million+ Twitter followers) shot a mid-Oscars”selfie” with A-Listers that smashed the record for all-time most retweeted.
With $33 million in earnings the past year, Angelina Jolie is the highest paid actress in Hollywood. But Jolie real powerbase comes from her multifaceted ambitions — as an artist, activist and philanthropist.
Musician, personality, philanthropist
Colombian-born Shakira is a true global superstar. Since launching her music career at age 13, she’s sold close to 60 million albums worldwide, topped the charts in 55 countries, and is the “most liked” person on Facebook with 93 million followers.
With the 2013 release of “Artpop,” her third studio album, the Queen Monster’s catwalk to fame has faltered, but not enough to knock her off the list. She earned an estimated $50 million from her Born This Way Tour.
Supermodel, entrepreneur, philanthropist
For the seventh year in a row Gisele Bundchen is the world’s highest-paid model. She pocketed some $42 million last year, outearning other top models by tens of millions.
Yao Chen is not just the doe-eyed ingénue starring in some of China’s biggest romantic comedies from the past five years. She has also used her popularity to address troubling social and environmental issues in her country. Her Weibo account has more than 66 million followers and last June she was named a UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador.