Described as “the extraordinary entrepreneurs and visionary CEOS, celebrity role models and billionaire activists, foremost heads of state and pioneer philanthropists who are transforming the world – all ranked by dollars, media presence and impact,” Forbes’ annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women is here once again.
And United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch is counted among the newcomers.
A native of North Carolina and a graduate of Harvard Law School, the former Brooklyn prosecutor has years of experience in public corruption and civil rights cases. She is credited with helping to get a conviction against the police officers who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima in Brooklyn, New York.
Other noteworthy Black women who’ve been on the list include media mogul Oprah Winfrey; Xerox’s Ursula Burns; First Lady Michelle Obama; Beyonce; Joyce Banda, president of Malawi; Ertharin Cousin, executive director, World Food Programme, United Nations, U.S.A; Rosalind Brewer President and CEO, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores; Helene Gayle President & CEO, CARE, USA; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance, Nigeria; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey President, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf President, Liberia.