World's Most Powerful Women in Pop: From Gaga to J.Lo and Shakira, Madonna Snubbed

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These days, Elton John isn't the only one treating Madonna like a "fairground stripper."

Despite the 53-year-old pop star's massive tour and earning potential, Forbes magazine snubbed Madge and kept her off its list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

In fact, only four pop superstars made the cut, sharing the distinction of powerful woman with the likes of Michelle Obama, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, German Chancelor Angela Merkel, and others.


Rank: 40

Hip don't lie and neither do facts. Shakira's one of the most powerful women on the planet, but multi-platinum album sales, Grammy awards, and a reported $60 million deal between Sony and Live Nation are only footnotes of achievement in this Colombian's life story.

Since the mid '90s, Shakira has donated time and money to help impoverished children around the globe, raising awareness through her non-profits, the Barefoot Foundation in the U.S. and Pies Descalzos in Colombia, as well as her role a UNICEF ambassador.

Jennifer Lopez

Rank: 38

From sketch-comedy show back-up dancer to Forbes' 38th most powerful woman in the world, "Jenny from the Block" is one of the world's biggest superstars. She's also one of the sweetest.

During a recent interview with Australian 60 Minutes, reporter Allison Langdon called Lopez "warm and engaging," citing the entertainer's refreshingly grounded demeanor.

Diva? Yeah, right.


Rank: 32

Beyoncé's hustle is admirable.

Just five months after giving birth to her first daughter, B was back in the spotlight, performing a sold-out show in front of First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters in Atlantic City. That's serious boss shit.

Lady Gaga

Rank: 14

Smell that? It's not Lady Gaga's Fame fragrance. It's power.

Sandwiched between Kraft Foods' Chairman and CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, and Virginia Rometty, President and CEO of IBM, Mother Monster is not only the highest-ranked pop star on the Forbes list, she's also the youngest.

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