Taylor Swift is youngest on Forbes’ powerful woman list

Taylor Swift poses in the press room with her awards at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 17, 2015, in Las Vegas. (File photo: AP)

Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to grace Forbes’ world’s most powerful women list,  released on Wednesday.

25-year-old popstar Swift, made the list at number 64 backed by her status as a music megastar with an estimated 58 million twitter followers and reputed earnings of $64 million.

The list chosen by the magazine’s editors includes women from a variety of backgrounds and industries including politics, economics and media.

Swift’s album “1989” sold more than 3.5 million copies last year giving her the bragging rights of being one of three artists to go platinum in 2014.

Forbes said in a statement that Swift “has not only broken record sales and captivated the world with her fantastically honest lyrics, but she has proven herself as an impressive businesswoman.”

Forbes also noted Taylor’s willingness to interact with her fans also known as “Swifties” as one of the reasons behind her global influence.

Behind Beyonce

Despite her remarkable achievements and inclusion on the list, she ranked behind music icon Beyoncé Knowles who sat at number 21.

At the list’s summit, Angela Merkel remains in first place for the fifth year in a row closely followed by U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton who is up from sixth place in 2014. In third place was Melinda Gates, the co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the top ranked woman billionaire.

The Forbes’ list also had 19 new entries this year including the first Africa-American woman to assume the role of U.S. attorney general. Also, Janet Yellen, first female chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Folorunsho Alakija, the first self-made African billionaire.

There are 15 billionaires on the list with a net worth of $73.3 billion which does not include Medlina Gates.

“Swifties” will be glad to know their idol is officially one of the world’s most powerful women in 2015 until Forbes’ next listing of the world’s 100 most powerful women.
 

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