Singer and songwriter Taylor Swift has been named one of the most powerful women in the world after making her first entrance in Forbes Power Women List this year.
The Shake It Off singer, whose fans refer to themselves as Swifties has a massive cult following among millions, is ranked 64 and is also the youngest in the list.
Swift, 25, has sold millions of records and cemented herself as one of the world’s bestselling and most loved stars after her album, 1989, came out in October last year.
It was 2014’s first album to go platinum and between its release on October 27 and November 2, 1989 made up 22 per cent of all albums sold in the US.
The German chancellor has featured in the list 10 times during its 11 years. The 100 women are chosen by the magazine’s editors, and women from across the political, economic and media industries feature in the list.
Hillary Clinton, who could become the world’s most powerful leader in 2016, moved from sixth place last year to second place this year. Last year’s second, US Federal Reserve head Janet Yellen comes in this year in fourth place.
The former US secretary of state and first lady who announced her campaign to run as a Democrat remains the favourite to come the party’s presidential candidate.
REUTERS/Jim YoungU.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to remarks at a roundtable campaign event with small businesses in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, May 19, 2015.The Queen has dropped six places to 41 but there are more British women in the list than the previous year with new entrants Nemat Shafik, Bank of England deputy governor (number 66); the new Guardian editor-in-chief from July this year, Katharine Viner (number 80).
She also became the World Bank’s youngest ever vice president more than a decade ago and prior to moving to the Bank, she was the deputy managing director of the IMF from April 2011 until March 2014.
Her Majesty is also the list’s oldest but has appeared in the list every year since inception.
The philanthropist has long focused on working in developing countries to fight against malaria and ensuring better global health and education.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Google’s chief finance officer, Ruth Porat.Those no longer made the list include Amy Pascal, the former co-chairman of Sony Pictures, who had to step down from her role earlier this year after hacked emails were released of embarrassing private conversations .
She was Hollywood’s most high profile female executive, but after emails leaked showed her jokes about President Barack Obama’s race and and Adam Sandler, her position was no longer tenable.
Singer Lady Gaga also dropped out of the 100 as well as model Gisele Bundchen who recently announced her retirement from the catwalk.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition politician who has come under fierce criticism for her silence on the Rohingya migrant crisis in south-east Asia, has also dropped off.
- Angela Merkel, chancellor, Germany
- Hillary Rodham Clinton, presidential candidate; former secretary of state
- Melinda Gates, co-chairman, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, US
- Janet Yellen, US Federal Reserve Bank Chair, U.S.
- Mary Barra, General Motors chief executive, US
- Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund managing director, US
- Dilma Rousseff, Brazil president
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operation officer, US
- Susan Wojcicki, YouTube chief executive, US
- Michelle Obama, US first lady
- Park Geun-hye, South Korea president
- Oprah Winfrey, media mogul, US
- Virginia Rometty, IBM chief executive, US
- Meg Whitman, HP chief executive, US
- Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo chief executive, US