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Michelle Obama is Forbes' Most Powerful Woman: Move Over, Oprah!

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Michelle Obama tops Forbes magazine's Most Powerful Women list

Move over, Oprah, First Lady Michelle Obama has moved up the Forbes magazine World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list, taking over the top spot.

Michelle Obama moved up 40 places to become Forbes’ most powerful woman, replacing German leader Angela Merkel, who held the post for four years.

Hillary Clinton landed in fifth place this year (up from number 36 last year), while Oprah Winfrey came in third on the list.

Forbes magazine commented that the list of powerful women was compiled this year by looking “up and out into the broader culture,” adding, “our assessment is based less on traditional titles and roles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship.”

So that’s how they explain how Lady Gaga and Beyonce are top ten power players (at numbers 7 and 9, respectively), and Ellen DeGeneres rounds out the top 10. Angelina Jolie lands at number 21, while Madonna and Chelsea Handler rank at 29 and 33, respectively.

As for numero uno Michelle Obama, Forbes declared her the most powerful woman because she has been “a true change-maker since taking lodge in the White House in 2008,” noting her work to reduce childhood obesity with the “Let’s Move!” campaign.

The magazine also noted: “The first African-American in the post, she’s changed the face of the office (literally), and with consistently high approval ratings, she’s given a new generation of girls and women around the world a role model.”

Other fun celebrity rankings on the list include Heidi Klum (39), Meredith Vieira (40), Sarah Jessica Parker (45), Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (49), Rachael Ray (78) and Martha Stewart (99).

Check out the slideshow of Forbes magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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