Forbes Ranks Julia Gillard Slightly Less Powerful Than Lady Gaga

Three Australian candidates have made the Top 100 of Forbes Magazine‘s World’s Most Powerful Women list: Prime Minister Julia Gillard who ranked #27, mining billionaire Gina Rinehart at #35, and Westpac CEO Gail Kelly at #60.

None of them have the pulling power of Monster troop leader Lady Gaga though. The performer, who has recently added actress and perfumier to her expanding portfolio of talents, came in at #15 because “in addition to the platinum success of her latest album, and the launch of her very own social network, Gaga focused on philanthropic work in 2012. She continues to work with the MAC AIDS Foundation and announced the launch of her own non-profit, the Born This Way Foundation, which is underwritten by the MacArthur Foundation and Harvard University. “

For the second year in a row German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the power rankings, followed by Hilary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. And, naturally, she who rules the world also made the list at #32. Let’s hear it for women of power!

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