Beyoncé on Forbes' Most Powerful Women List
The publication considered income, traditional and social media hits, and impact "across industries, cultures and countries."
King Bey's year so far consists of a $50 million deal with Pepsi (PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was placed at #10) that includes her 15-minute performance at the Super Bowl (the most coveted program for advertisers); a record-breaking audience for her HBO autobiographical documentary, Life Is but a Dream; and a 65-date Mrs. Carter Show World Tour added to the heft of her 2012 portfolio.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were also placed in third spot on the Most Powerful Couples list with the magazine citing their financial clout and high profile friendships as reasons for their high position. Earlier this year, she and husband (who was placed on the cover of Time magazine as one of their 100 most influential people in the world) became pop music's first billionaire couple. The duo worked together on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, a movie which brought in $51 million in domestic box office sales during its opening weekend; and celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary with a controversial trip to Cuba.