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Rihanna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift make Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list

Their achievements in music, fashion and financial earnings were stated as reasons for their inclusion

By Charlotte Krol

Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift in a composite image
Rihanna; Beyonce; Taylor Swift. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/DoD News (EJ Hersom); Wikimedia commons/Pete Sekesan; Wikimedia commons/Fandom)

Rihanna, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift have been included on Forbes’ 2021 list of the ‘World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’.

The pop stars ranked at number 68, 76 and 78 respectively, with their achievements in music, fashion and financial earnings stated as reasons for their inclusion.

Rihanna is now a billionaire, with her cosmetics line Fenty Beauty pulling in $550 million in 2020, and her lingerie brand bringing in a $1 billion valuation as of February 2020.

Turning to her music, all eight of Rihanna’s studio albums have charted within the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. ‘ANTI’ (2016) and ‘Unapologetic’ (2012) reached Number One, ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ (2007) hit Number Two, and ‘Loud’ (2010) and ‘Talk That Talk’ (2011) hit the chart’s Number Three spot.

Beyoncé‘s listing was placed partly due to her $250 million-revenue ‘On the Run II’ tour with her husband Jay-Z in 2018. Additionally, the singer’s Ivy Park activewear line with Adidas and her 2019 Coachella documentary ‘Homecoming’ contributed to her inclusion.

Her successful musical achievements (all six of her solo albums have reached Number One on the Billboard 200) also counted towards her placement on the 2021 list.

For Swift, the magazine recognised the singer’s efforts to re-record her previous albums in order to gain ownership rights, citing her 10th Number One album on the Billboard 200 chart, ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, which was released last month.

In addition, Swift’s surprise 2020 release ‘Folklore’ became last year’s first album to sell more than 1 million units.

Outside of the entertainment world, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott was listed as number 1 on the annual Forbes list. Vice President Kamala Harris took the number two spot, with France’s Christine Lagarde, the first woman to lead the European Central Bank, at number three.

The news follows Rihanna recently promising fans that new music is coming “soon, soon, soon”.

Meanwhile, Swift is set to face jury trial over a ‘Shake It Off’ copyright claim and Beyoncé recenty shared a new song, ‘Be Alive’.