First Lady Michelle Obama is number 7 on the list. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Media queen, Oprah Winfrey lands at number 11 on Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s Most Powerful Women.’ (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
At number 17 is Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox.
Singer, Beyonce Knowles was placed at number 32 on the Forbes’ list after earning $40 million and giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy with husband and rapper Jay-Z in the past year. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images For BET)
Halfway through the list at number 50 is President and CEO of Sam’s Club, Rosalind Brewer. She is the first woman and first African-American ever to become CEO of a Wal-Mart business unit. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Dr. Helen Gayle is number 52 on Forbes’ list. She is the CEO and president of CARE. As CEO, Gayle oversees an annual budget of $626 million to aid over 122 million people in 84 countries around the world. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
At number 69 on the Forbes’ list is Ertharin Cousin. She began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on April 5, 2012.
President of Malawi Joyce Branda is number 71 on Forbes’ list. (Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis – WPA Pool /Getty Images)
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, then managing director of the World Bank, speaks during the Korea-World Bank High Level Conference. Okonjo-Iweala is now the Nigerian Finance Minister and number 81 on Forbes’ list of most powerful women. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
At number 82 on the Forbes’ list is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. She is the President of Liberia and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. (Photo by Nigel Waldron/Getty Images)
At number 90 on the Forbes’ list is Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. As President and CEO of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation she oversees about $350 million in grants per year used toward improving health and health care. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Forbes magazine has released their annual list of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” Eleven amazing African and black American women made the cut, including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Beyoncé. Check out the slideshow to view all the powerful ladies and where they fell on this year’s list.
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