The 25-year-old singer made number 65 on the Forbes annual list of the most powerful women in the world, a list dominated by politicians, activists and businesswomen – and topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Forbes had defended the choice by explaining that “Swift has not only broken record sales and captivated the world with her fantastically honest lyrics, but she has proved herself as an impressive businesswoman.”
Notify that Taylor Swift is a seven-time Grammy winner and has sold more than 40 million albums and 100 million single downloads worldwide – making her one of the best-selling artist of all time and now the youngest entry on the list by six years.
Except Taylor Swift, next youngest on the list is Elizabeth Holmes, who bagged 72nd position, founder and CEO of innovative blood-testing company Theranos, and the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire, worth an estimated USD 4.6 billion.
Swift joins other illustrious women in the media, music or film industries, including Beyonce, number 21 (who first made the list in 2010 aged 28), Sofia Vergara, number 57; Ellen DeGeneres, number 50; Angelina Jolie, number 54; Oprah Winfrey, number 12; and Shakira, number 81.