Forbes Names Most Powerful Women in Media

Who's in, who's out

Forbes has released its World’s 100 Most Powerful Women ranking, and once again, it includes a host of bigwigs in media—14 in all—spanning the TV, digital and print spheres.

Most are the usual suspects (Oprah, Sheryl Sandberg, Anna Wintour), but there are some changes. New Time Inc. CEO Laura Lang made the list for the first time, and Jill Abramson, who ascended to the job of The New York Times executive editor last year, moved up to the No. 5 spot (from No. 12 on last year's list).

Dropping off the list since last year is fired Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz (No. 37 last year) and dismissed Today show co-host Ann Curry (No. 66 last year).

Fifteen of the women on the list come from the tech sector. They include Marissa Mayer, Google exec turned Yahoo CEO (No. 8), and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (No. 6), who returned to the business world last year to helm Hewlett-Packard. 

The women are ranked by the amount of money their companies take in; their media hits and social media footprint; and impact across industries, cultures and countries. Topping the overall list is German chancellor Angela Merkel, followed by secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.


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