Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Beyonce, Ava Duvernay, Serena Williams Make Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women In The World List
All of the ladies landed on Forbes magazine’s “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list!
Oprah Winfrey made her mark at #20 and was recognized for her successful transition from daytime talk show host to the leader of her own business empire, including the successful OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). She reportedly reinvested $2 billion in profits from her show (yes, $2 billion!) to launch her new ventures she’s known for today. Okay, Oprah Winfrey!
2019 was the year of Rihanna and it showed in more ways than one, as this was her first time making the list. It’s no surprise considering all of the success she’s had recently. Earlier this year, she partnered with LVMH to launch a new fashion house, Fenty, in Paris. She also saw lots of success with her makeup company, Fenty, that she co-owns with LVMH. Fenty alone saw $570 million in revenue last year alone. And let’s not even get started on her mega-successful Savage X Fenty lingerie brand that she debuted earlier this year with an iconic fashion show.
Beyonce is also on the list at #66. She was saluted for her On The Run II tour with Jay-Z, that brought in more than $250 million. She made waves with her Homecoming special on Netflix that featured her unforgettable April 2018 Coachella performance. She also joined forces with Adidas for her Ivy Park fitness line, and was the voice and the brains behind a special soundtrack, The Gift, for The Lion King’s live-action remake, where she also served as the voice of Nala.
Ava DuVernay, #79, had a history-making year! She’s the first Black woman to receive a nod from the Academy as a director in a feature category, and the first woman of color to direct a $100-million-grossing film, stemming from A Wrinkle In Time, that was released last year. Her heart-wrenching mini Netflix special When They See Us saw success at this year’s Emmy Awards, and is the most-watched series on the streaming channel. She also launched the Amanda Theater in October 2019, in conjunction with her distribution company ARRAY.
Serena Williams also turned heads on and off the court, and is #81. Not only has she taken home 23 Grand Slam titles but also invested in 34 startups within the last five years. Her Serena Ventures group is worth a minimum of $10 million. Sixty percent of Serena Ventures’ investments have gone to help companies founded by women and minorities. Her clothing like S by Serena was started with her own funds! And who knew she’s a partial owner of the Miami Dolphins and UFC?
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