Forbes just released their list of the World’s Most Powerful Women and, as expected, Anna Wintour made the cut. What is surprising: she’s only #69. Though it’s expected that politicians would top an editor (Angela Merkel was #1 and Hillary Clinton is #2), we were a little shocked that Lady Gaga came it at #11 (the highest non-politician or businesswoman on the list) and Beyoncé was #18.
But back to Anna.
Some highlights from her interview:
On her reputation as intimidating:
Well I don’t think of myself as intimidating and I assure you all the people that work with me on a day-to-day basis don’t think that either. I think that’s just something that’s been fabricated by the media and, as you well know, once something is out there, particularly in today’s world, it just gets exaggerated. I keep my head down and do the job to the best of my ability.
Her advice for the next generation’s influencers:
Just be true to yourself, and listen as much as one is able to to other people whose opinions you respect and look up to but in the end it has to come from you. You can’t really worry too much by looking to the left and the right about what the competition is doing or what other people in your field are doing. It has to be a true vision.
As for the rest of the list, there are a few well-deserved names you’ll recognize. Oprah gets a very appropriate #14, Angelina Jolie is #29, Gisele is #60, J.K. Rowling is #61, and (finally) some designer love at the bottom with Miuccia Prada at #79 and Diane Von Furstenberg at #91.