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She’s brilliant, popular and powerful, so she’s a natural choice. Michelle Obama was just selected as the fourth most powerful woman on the planet, according to Forbes. Her husband is #1, which gives this power couple something that even Jay-Z and Beyonce can’t touch. The leader on the list was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The top 100 women are ranked based on their wealth, media presence and influence. This is all formulated over the last 12 months.
One name that is missing from the top 10 is Oprah Winfrey. But she did pop in at #13, right ahead of Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox.
Mrs. Obama’s power is expected to grow in the next few years, as people wonder if she has aspirations to get into politics like her famous husband. She has been outspoken on childhood obesity and gun violence, and is one of the lasting hopes for millions of Americans who don’t have a voice.
She is even funny, appearing on television and gladly dancing when asked to do so. But you have to wonder if there is more that this Harvard Law graduate can offer the world that goes beyond doing the Dougie and telling kids to eat their vegetables. Her world seems a bit too constrained.