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

(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.

No. 1: Michelle Obama   (AP Photo/David Karp)
No. 2: Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive of Kraft Foods   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
No. 3: Oprah Winfrey   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
No. 4: German Chancellor Angela Merkel   (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
No. 5: Hillary Clinton   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
No. 6: PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
No. 7: Lady Gaga   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)
No. 8: Chief Executive Officer Gail Kelly, of Westapac Banking Corp.   (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
No. 9: Beyonce Knowles   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
No. 10: Ellen DeGeneres   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/file)
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