Beyoncé Is One of the Most Powerful Women in the World


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Fortune’s annual “Most Powerful Women” list was released this week, and once again, it’s a veritable who’s who from the worlds of business and technology. And while the list typically avoids including women from the entertainment world, this year, the editors made one exception.

Though she technically wasn’t ranked among the 50 women, Beyoncé was selected as an “honorable mention,” after a banner year—even by Beyoncé’s standards—made her impossible to ignore. “This has been the year of Beyoncé,” explained Fortune. “Not only did she make music history by becoming the first female artist to have 12 songs on the Billboard Top 100, but she also made waves in the business world too.”

Topping the list for the second consecutive year was General Motors CEO Mary Barra, while Pepsi’s head honcho, Indra Nooyi, placed second. Meanwhile, Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, ranked sixth. Of the 50 women that placed on the list, 22 of them are CEOs, while Microsoft’s 45-year-old CFO and EVP, Amy Hood, was the youngest women on the list, clocking in at number 31.

Noticeably absent form the list is Theranos’s embattled CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, whose billion-dollar blood testing startup collapsed due to perceived mismanagement.

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