October 7th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
Move over, Michelle Obama! Lady Gaga has joined the first lady in the top 10 of Forbes's list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
According to Forbes, the list is "based less on traditional titles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship. These power women have built distinctive companies and brands and championed weighty causes, sometimes through unconventional means; in other cases they have broken through gender barriers."
The power women candidates were divided into four categories – lifestyle, politics, business and media – and ranked within each group. Then, the groups were ranked against each other.
That explains how the meat-dress wearing Gaga (#7) – a gay rights advocate who has racked up two No. 1 hits and will rake in an estimated $200 million from her world tour — wound up in the top 10 alongside such varied notables as Mrs. Obama (#1), TV titan Oprah Winfrey (#3), Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (#5), and comic Ellen DeGeneres (#10).
Also rounding out the top spots: Kraft Chief Executive Irene Rosenfeld (#2), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (#4), PepsiCo Chief Executive Indra Nooyi (#6), Westpac Chief Executive Gail Kelly (#8), and Beyoncé (#9).
Forbes's star-studded list also includes such A-listers as actresses Angelina Jolie (#21) and Sarah Jessica Parker (#45), supermodels Heidi Klum (#39) and Gisele Bundchen (#72), and athletes Serena Williams (#55) and her sister Venus (#60).
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