Michelle Obama: World's Most Powerful Woman
The first lady beats Hillary Clinton ... and Lady Gaga and Beyonce
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2010 7:40 AM CDT
No. 1: Michelle Obama   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is pretty powerful, but she’s still no Oprah Winfrey. The secretary of state does, however, wield more heft than Lady Gaga on Forbes’ annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. This year's list still took wealth into account, but gave more weight to social and creative influence and media attention, the Independent reports. The top 10:

  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive of Kraft Foods
  3. Oprah Winfrey
  4. Angela Merkel, German chancellor
  5. Hillary Clinton

  1. Indra Nooyi, chief executive of PepsiCo
  2. Lady Gaga
  3. Gail Kelly, chief executive of Westpac
  4. Beyoncé Knowles
  5. Ellen DeGeneres
For the complete list (Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin make it into the top 20), click here. To read about why one woman thinks the list is sexist, click here.

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Oct 8, 2010 9:43 AM CDT
So why is she the most powerful woman?! When you look at the list every woman made it on her own and not on the coat tails of her husband. So simply being married to the President makes you the most powerful woman and not your own ambition like these other woman. I don't get it then.
Oct 7, 2010 4:49 PM CDT
Wow. This is all women have to bring to the table? Oprah? Lady Gaga? Beyonce? Try listing the top 10 males, and you will see NO celebrities, you'll see the CEOs of the worlds most powerful organizations. Epic fail ladies.
Oct 7, 2010 10:55 AM CDT
we love the Obama my kid supportd them all ove the place. in schoool she voted by using kids votes