Fortune Crowns Taylor Swift One of the World's Most Powerful Women

Sacha Strebe

Pop stars aren't the role models we'd usually expect to make a leadership list, but mega-selling musician Taylor Swift isn't your typical rock icon. The 25-year-old is more than just a recording artist; she's also a "music and technology industry disrupter," according to Fortune, which made her a "special bonus pick" on its 50 Most Powerful Women in Business list, released today. Why? Her latest release, 1989, was the fastest-selling album of the past decade, with four #1 hits and one of the largest-grossing North American tours this year. But career accolades aside, Fortune was impressed by her tenacity when she publicly challenged Apple for not compensating musicians with its new streaming service, and refused to put her music on Spotify. She has also become a unique voice for female empowerment. Swift joins 50 other powerful women who control $1 trillion in stock market value. The top spot went to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, who successfully saved the $156-billion-in-sales company after its 2014 ignition-switch recall. She was also one of the few CEOs who participated in the viral #ilooklikeanengineer Twitter campaign.

To see the complete list, visit Fortune.

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