Forbes Most Powerful women 2012: Lady Gaga higher than the Queen

Lady Gaga is more powerful than the Queen, according to this year’s Forbes list of powerful women, which has once again been topped by Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.

Forbes Most Powerful women 2012: Lady Gaga higher than the Queen

7 December 2009: The Queen meets Lady Gaga and dance group Diversity, following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Mrs Merkel was ranked the most powerful woman in the world for the second year in a row in the annual list dominated by politicians, businesswomen and media figures.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, came second, with Dilma Rousseff third, making the top three spots unchanged from last year.

Angela Merkel

The singer Lady Gaga was the youngest woman on the list, at age 26, placed #14, some 12 places higher than the Queen, despite a high profile year with the Royal Jubilee and opening the London Olympics, although she did rise 13 places compared to last year’s list. The Duchess of Cambridge did not make the top 100, but did feature in a “Women to Watch” list of 12 for the coming year.

Other Brits on the list included Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine at #51. Tina Brown, Editor-in-Chief of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company came #77, just one ahead of Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who dropped 17 places from last year’s list. Marjorie Scardino, CEO of Pearson UK was #86.