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‘Forbes’ Names ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ … How Many are African American?

Forbes has published its list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” with a subtitle for the accompanying photo gallery, ”The Women Who Matter Most.”

According to Forbes, they “selected the 100 most influential women from six categories or power bases: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and politics.”

To determine the rank within each category, as well as overall rank on the list, they “applied three metrics: dollars, a traditional and social media component and power base points.”

There is one African American in the top 10:
No. 8 Michelle Obama – First Lady

Two more in the top 20:
No. 14 Oprah Winfrey – Media Personality
No. 18 Beyonce Knowles – Entertainer, Designer

Two more in the top 50:
No. 27 Ursula Burns – CEO, Xerox
No. 36 Helene Gayle – CEO, CARE USA

One in the bottom 50:
No. 95 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey – CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Though some might take exception to the head of Harpo Productions being listed as a “media personality” instead of the entertainment mogul and billionaire she is, reading through the list and learning about these women provides a great lesson for all of us in what excellence looks like.

Also on the list are three black women from the African continent:

No. 62 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – President of Liberia

No. 87 Ngozi Okonjo Iweala – Finance Minister, Nigeria

No. 97 Onkululeko Nyembezi-Heita – CEO, ArcelorMittal South Africa

To view the entire list, visit