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October 07, 2010

Lady Gaga, Oprah and Danica Patrick Top 100 Most Power Women - Forbes

Forbes_logo_main Forbes just launched its very diverse and mixed bag, Power Women Issue, which is lead by first Lady Michelle Obama. Forbes divided the power women candidates into four groups: politics, business, media and lifestyle (that is, entertainment, sports and fashion). Then ranked the women in each group, and then group against group. Quote:"Not easy, but that's today's reality: an incongruous, diverse mash-up of hard power (currencies and constitutions) and dynamic power (audience and audacity)."

Here are a few that caught my attention and admiration:

Danica Ranked #93 is 28 year old Danica Patrick women race car driver!

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In 2010 Danica Patrick took a calculated risk: to split her time racing between the IndyCar racing that she's competed in since 2005 and NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series stock car circuit. And as the season draws to a close, despite middling performances on both circuits, she sees her decision as a good one and is up for a repeat next year: "I learn every weekend [in NASCAR], that's for sure."  Indy sponsors include GoDaddy.com, 7-Eleven, Honda, AirTran and Firestone. Since becoming the first woman to win a major, closed-course IndyCar event in 2008, Patrick has enjoyed attention for both her speed on the track and on the pages of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues. Upon retiring from racing Patrick says she aspires to go into fashion.

Ranked 7th 24 year old Lady Gaga, I own every one of her albums and her music just stays in my head..."P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face".

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All hail the new queen of pop. Part singer and part performance artist, Lady Gaga (née Stefanie Germanotta) has single-handedly reinvigorated pop music and pop culture. Her songs are like brain candy (sticky and addictive), her performances and fashion style are a spectacle. Her first album, The Fame, debuted in 2008, scoring two No. 1 hits with Just Dance and Poker Face. Her latest, The Fame Monster,  has now put her on par with Beyoncé, Rhianna, and Mariah Carey for the most No. 1 Billboard hits (six) by a female artist. Her Monster's Ball world tour is poised to gross $200 million by the time it ends in April 2011. But it's not all pop and glamour for Gaga. She is vocal supporter of gay rights and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Dupont Ranked # 18 is 54 year old Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, much of the paint used on your cars and Jeff Gordon's NASCAR is made by Dupont by the way.

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Strong second-quarter results--sales were $8.6 billion, up 26% since the same period last year--have boosted Kullman's confidence after two difficult years as chief of chemical giant DuPont. She came to the chief executive post at the height of the recession and had to cut 4,500 jobs in her first year, but last year promised to increase per-share earnings 20% by 2012 and a doubling of the company's  efforts in the renewable energy market. She has degrees in chemical engineering and management, and started at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager.

Ranked # 36 54 year old Sunoco CEO Lynn Laverty Elsenhans, I met Lynn last year during SEMA and was so impressed by her kind, composed , calm and reserved manner. Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR!

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When Elsenhans took over beleaguered oil refiner Sunoco, analysts speculated she would actively restructure the firm, and that is exactly what the press-shy chief executive has been doing: shutting down a large refinery, selling Sunoco's polypropylene business and, most recently, announcing the sale of its profitable coking coal business. With the energy market down last year, Sunoco took a big hit,  since demand for its product, refined petroleum, was weak. Elsenhans is now focusing more than ever on streamlining refining and wringing more cash out of Sunoco's successful retail gas stations.

Read about all of these amazing women by following the links below. What an inspiration!

Related Links:   The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women  The 20 Youngest Power Women Power Women Around The World   Top Women on Social Media  Women To Watch
Arianna Huffington: A Force Of Nature  Why Oprah Is The Best Boss



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