Taylor Swift is number 6 on Fortune magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders list
Fortune’s latest World’s Greatest Leaders list is out, and Taylor Swift has been given the top female spot by Alan Murray, the editor of the magazine. A move that is proving controversial as tweets explode all over Twitter from people astounded a 25-year-old pop star would be seen as a world leader.
Swift appears at number 6 on the list, as the highest ranking woman behind Apple’s Tim Cook in the number 1 spot, Mario Draghi president of the European Central Bank at number 2, China’s president Xi Jinping at number 3, Pope Francis at 4, and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in fifth place.
“Taylor Swift didn’t become the highest-paid woman in the music business by accident,” the magazine states. There is definite truth to this; underneath that sweet-as-pie kitten-loving, red lipstick-wearing persona, there’s a seriously hard-working and intelligent woman who created a (ridiculously lucrative) brand around her own artistic sensibilities. She is, in many ways, a symbol for the future of the music industry.
Few women appear on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, but that is the case every year. Taylor Swift, however, did manage to beat out women like Mary Barra the CEO of General Motors in ninth place, Melinda Gates in 18th place, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the finance minister of Nigeria in the 33rd spot.
Appearing on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list, however, has little relevance when it comes to the impact any leader or person has on others. Or the impact the list usually has on the people who are on it. In fact, for many who are now commenting on Twitter, for them this latest list is showing how irrelevant the magazine can be and how sometimes out of touch with the real world.
“We set out to find singular leaders with vision who moved others to act as well, and who brought their followers with them on a shared quest. We looked for effectiveness and commitment and for the courage to pioneer. All had to be active in leadership roles, though a long history of leading is something that many on our list share,” Fortune said in their list.
Rounding out the top 15 were:
7. Joanne Liu, president, Doctors without Borders.
8. John Roberts, chief justice, U.S. Supreme Court
9. Mary Barra, CEO, General Motors
10. Joshua Wong, activist, Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Movement
11. Johnetta Elzie and DeRay McKesson, nonviolent protesters, Ferguson, Mo.
12. Jeremy Farrar, director, Wellcome Trust
13. James Comey, director, FBI
14. Ai-Jen Poo, director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
15. Mark Carney, Governor, Bank of England
Other notables included Bill and Melinda Gates (18), Jeff Bezos (27), Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg (25) and Jimmy Fallon (45), who got props for “making ‘nice’ seem pretty cool” on late-night television.
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