Taylor Swift becomes youngest ever entry on Forbes most powerful women list

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Taylor Swift has become the youngest woman ever to be included on

Forbes most powerful women list.

The 25-year-old US singer made number 65 on the Forbes annual list of

the most powerful women in the world, a list dominated by politicians,

activists and business women – and topped by German Chancellor Angela


Forbes, which has put together the list since 2004, defended the

choice explaining 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.

"Swift, a seven-time Grammy winner, has sold more than 40 million

albums and 100 million single downloads worldwide – making her one of

the best-selling artist of all time and now the youngest entry on the

list by six years.

Forbes most powerful women 2015: Top 10

The next youngest on the list is Elizabeth Holmes (no.72), founder and

CEO of innovative blood-testing company Theranos, and the world's

youngest female self-made billionaire, worth an estimated $4.6billion.

Swift joins other illustrious women in the media, music or film

industries, including Beyoncé, no.21 (who first made the list in 2010

aged 28), Sofia Vergara, no.57; Ellen DeGeneres, no.50; Angelina

Jolie, no.54; Oprah Winfrey, no.12; and Shakira, no.81.

For the second year running Merkel tops the list, followed by US

presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was in the first list in

2004 and has made the top 10 in the past five consecutive years.

Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Foundation, was number 3,

followed by chairwoman of the US Federal Reserve Bank Janet Yellen and

then Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors (GM), one of the world's

largest car makers by individual sale units. Michelle Obama was no.10

on the list.

There was not a single British woman in the top 10 and the UK's top

entry (at no.41) was the Queen.

Only 12 Europeans made the total cut of a list dominated by the US,

with three Africans, four women from the Middle East and four from

Latin American. Women from Asia-Pacific made the next best showing,

with 18 on the list.

Credit: Independent UK

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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