Proving that she is more than “just” the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has also managed to be named the most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes‘ list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.
According to Forbes magazine, Obama together with Oprah Winfrey (queen of Harpo but ranked a mere third on the Forbes list), Lady Gaga, Ellen DeGeneres, Angelina Jolie, Chelsea Handler and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, are “shaping many of the agenda-setting conversations of our day” and “driving meaningful change across the world.”
24-year-old Lady Gaga ranks No. 7 but is the highest-ranking performer (beef jerky anyone?) and the youngest woman on the entire list. Her top 10 perch also places her above Washington power-brokers like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Ninth-place belonged to Beyoncé and DeGeneres came in at no. 10, even though she’s lost the American Idol judging gig.
The ubiquitous Palin comes in at No. 16, while Jolie, Katie Couric, Madonna and Handler are sitting pretty at Nos. 21, 22, 29 and 33, respectively.
Other names you may recognize from your daily media consumption: Heidi Klum (39), Meredith Vieira (40), Queen Elizabeth II (41), Sarah Jessica Parker (45), Diane Sawyer (46), Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (49), Serena and Venus Williams (55, 60), Gisele Bündchen (72), Rachael Ray (78) and Martha Stewart (99).