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Oprah Winfrey and Lady Gaga Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women

Oprah Winfrey has placed 11th in Forbes' ninth edition of the Most Powerful Women, with Lady Gaga (photosLady Gaga photos) not far behind, at number 14.

In fact, the two women are the only entertainment personalities featuring in the top 20 in a list topped by German's Iron Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for the second year running, with Hillary Clinton coming in at number 2, followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, and Michelle Obama at number 7.

The magazine noted Merkel's resolve in preserving the European Union and her influence over the Euro zone's ongoing debt crisis.

In the entertainment genre, the list features Beyonce at number 32, Jennifer Lopez (photosJennifer Lopez photos) at number 38, Ellen DeGeneres at number 47, Angelina Jolie (photosAngelina Jolie photos) at number 66, Sofia Vergara (photosSofia Vergara photos) at number 75, J.K. Rowling at number 78 and Gisele Bündchen, who is currently pregnant with her second child , at number 83.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez makes the list for the first time in number 38, after her screen time on 'American Idol',

Royal Queen Elizabeth II improves her status from last year's 49th position by moving up to number 26. A jump perhaps credited to her memorable opening ceremony cameo in the London Olympics with actor Daniel Craig.

See the top 20 Forbes' most powerful women below:

1. Angela Merkel
2. Hillary Clinton
3. Dilma Rousseff
4. Melinda Gates
5. Jill Abramson
6. Sonia Gandhi
7. Michelle Obama
8. Christine Lagarde
9. Janet Napolitano
10. Sheryl Sandberg
11. Oprah Winfrey
12. Indra Nooyi
13. Irene Rosenfeld
14. Lady Gaga
15. Virginia Rometty
16. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
17. Ursula Burns
18. Meg Whitman
19. Aung San Suu Kyi
20. Maria das Graças Silva Foster

August 23, 2012 |

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