Forbes Most talked about women of 2012
In Beyonce’s 2011 anthem, “Girls (Who Run The World),” she champions women who are “strong enough to bear the children, then get back to business.” And in 2012, she did just that. After giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy Carter (with rapper Jay Z) in January, Knowles hit the stage in May for a sold-out four night performance she dubbed “Back to Business.” She still earned big in an off-year, cashing in on old hits and new album 4, which went platinum in the U.S., as well as non-musical ventures like her House of Dereon clothing line and endorsement deals. One of the best-selling musicians of all time (she’s earned 16 Grammy awards), Knowles has become a role model for women of all ages. She famously teamed up with the Obama reelection campaign in 2012, hosting star-studded fundraising events and writing letters of support. 2013 looks promising for the star: she signed a massive endorsement deal with Pepsi in December, is directing an HBO documentary that will air in February and is expected to release an album.