Saturday, October 9, 2010


Late last month, Forbes has released a new list of the most powerful women in the world for 2010. The collection of the Top 100 is quite an interesting bunch. We have CEOs, newsmakers, music icons, sports athletes, TV and media moguls and of course first ladies all over the globe. This year is perhaps their most diverse list ever.

Michelle Obama
Now just want to note on some who did land in the Top 100. Topping the list is US First Lady Michelle Obama who has changed the landscape of being a first lady. She combines her charity work and her wonderful sense of fashion into a great mix. CEOs have also made the list. Two of which are in the Top 10. Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld (No.2) and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi. (No.6). And who could not forget US Secretary of Stat Hilary Clinton who is at No.5.

Those are expected to actually land in the Top 10 with their positions, wealth and influence but the Top 10 also has some faces that are truly buzz-worthy. Music icons Lady Gaga landed at No.7. For most of the people used to seeing the Forbes List, it's a complete surprise but for me, nah. She has been in the airwaves since 2009 and has been grabbing sales here and there. And she's a regular fixture in the news as well. At No.9 is singer Beyonce. Her earnings and popularity is also one to be noted in the past year.

Lady Gaga
TV personalities can never be outdone. Oprah Winfrey who's having her new network soon is at No.3.  Plus she is so rich. See her mansion? Need I say more? Also joining the foray is Ellen Degeneres who lands at No. 10. Known for her TV shows and her humanitarian efforts, Ellen is also one of the more influential people on TV.

Rounding up the Top 10 are Germany's Angela Merkel (No.4) and Westpac's Gail Kelly (No.8). Other notables in the Top 100 are Sarah Palin (No.16), actress Angelina Jolie (No.21), singer Madonna (No.29), models Heidi Klum (No.39) and Gisele Bundchen (No.72), Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (No.49), tennis sisters Serena Williams (No. 55) & Venus Williams (No.60) and fashion designers Vera Wang (No.91) and Donna Karan (No.99).

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