Forbes has released its 2018 list of the most powerful women in entertainment, and we’re happy to say black women such as Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé made the top 10 list.
Topping the list, unsurprisingly was Oprah Winfrey, who has been an influential mainstay in the world of entertainment for years. Beyonce comes in at No. 6, as one of few musicians on the list. She was highlighted for her groundbreaking Vogue cover, shot by the youngest and first African-American photographer Tyler Mitchel, and her iconic Coachella performance.
Shonda Rhimes, with her trailblazing Netflix deal, comes in at a strong No. 12. Forbes described her multi-million dollar deal with the streaming platform as a move that “cemented her place at the forefront of entertainment’s digital future and pioneered Netflix’s handsome producer paydays.”
Serena Williams also came in at a respectable 14th place, having enjoyed a big year following her return to the tennis circuit after giving birth to daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
A full list of Forbes Media and Entertainment power women 2018
1. Oprah Winfrey, Media mogul
2. Shari Redstone, Vice Chair, CBS & Viacom
3. Bonnie Hammer, Chair, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
4. Donna Langley, Chair, Universal Pictures
5. Anna Wintour, Artistic Director, Conde Nast
6. Beyoncé, Singer
7. Dana Walden, Chairman, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment
8. Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian
9. Taylor Swift, Singer
10. Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
11. Kathleen Kennedy, President, Lucasfilm
12. Shonda Rhimes, Showrunner
13. Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
14. Serena Williams, Tennis player
15. Shobhana Bhartia, Chair, HT Media
16. Priyanka Chopra, Actress