Beyonce #17 on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women List
The rankings measured 250 potential candidates in three different categories: money (obviously), global media mentions and "spheres of influence," which essentially translates to personal brand power.
#17 Beyonce Knowles
Earnings: $53 Million (As of June 2013)
Beyonce is a woman who's had no shortage of big years, but 2013 was one for the record books. The 32-year-old superstar capped off a banner year that included singing for the president, performing at the Super Bowl, and headlining the most profitable tour of the year by shocking the world with a surprise "visual album" in December. The album is iTunes' fastest-selling album ever, moving 828,773 units in the first three days. She wrapped up the "Mrs. Carter" world tour in the spring, and will hit the road again this summer -- this time joined by Mr. Carter, husband Jay Z. The duo topped Forbes list of the highest-earning celebrity couples last year, with Beyonce out-earning the hip-hop mogul by $11 million. The singer is also embracing her role as an icon of women's empowerment, declaring that "gender equality is a myth" in an essay for The Shriver Report, throwing her weight behind Sheryl Sandberg's campaign to "Ban Bossy," and sampling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk, "We should all be feminists," on her new album.