German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women, Taylor Swift youngest ever entry. Holly Rubenstein reports.
It's not very often that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is mentioned in the same breath as pop star Taylor Swift. But in the 2015 list of Forbes' most powerful women, we see a who's who of world leaders, business executives and Hollywood celebrities. For a fifth consecutive year, Merkel has topped the list. Coming in at number two is another potential world leader, U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She moved up from number six last year. The top 10 also includes Brazilian president Dilma Rouseff, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. Taylor Swift made headlines becoming the youngest woman ever to be included at the age of 25. Impressed - Forbes said about Swift: "The bona fide, cross-genre global megastar has not only broken record sales and captivated the world with her fantastically honest music, but she has proven herself as an impressive businesswoman." But she wasn't the only entertainer on the list, or the most powerful one - that would be Beyonce, who came in at number 21.