Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga top Forbes’ list of 100 most powerful women

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It’s a good year to be a lady, with Lady Gaga and First Lady Michelle Obama topping the 2010 Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women.

Comprising creative, political and corporate influencers, the Forbes list ranks femmes in all kinds of categories. Obama (No. 1) and Gaga (No. 7) are joined in the top 10 by Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Beyonce Knowles.

Angelina Jolie checks in at No. 21 for her combined box-office stardom and U.N. goodwill ambassadorship. Not far away at No. 29 sits Madonna, for her fashion design efforts, ubiquitous Dolce & Gabbana ad campaign, and film directing.


Sarah Palin makes an appearance at No. 16. Also on the list are media types Katie Couric (No. 22), Meredith Vieira (No. 40) and Rachel Maddow (No. 50).

Vogue editor Anna Wintour struts in at No. 56, one slot below tennis champ and endorsement darling Serena Williams. Designers Vera Wang and Donna Karan make the cut at 91 and 96, respectively, with model power lady Gisele Bundchen at No. 72. How do you think the women measure up? Any glaring omissions or undeserved accolades? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

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