This year, Forbes list of “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” features an impressive number of names from the fashion industry. And it isn’t a surprise that these women have contributed immensely in their chosen field. At #33 is Diane Von Furstenburg, at #51 is Anna Wintour, #67 is taken by Miuccia Prada and Gisele Bundchen graces spot #83.
Allow us to help you know these women better and why have they been chosen to feature in one of the most illustrious annual lists of all times.
Diane Von Furstenburg
Currently serving her fourth term as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), this 65 year old designer of Belgian descent is the most powerful name from the fashion fraternity (placed at number 33). Her due collaborations with Roxy and Evian and her philanthropist billionaire husband Barry Diller are also the reasons for her appearance and positioning in the list.
As the editor in chief of Vogue US since 1988, Wintour has shaped and influenced international fashion news with extreme style. The 916 page long September issue, her growing political competency and numerous events of fund raising have positioned her at 51st rank in the list. She has been greatly praised for having an eye for fashion and supporting budding designers.
This fashion mogul from Italy is placed at number 67 and in 2012, her fashion empire is estimated to have a net worth of 13 billion dollars. This consists of both Prada and Miu Miu which is a sister label. Miuccia owns 33.2% shares of the companies.
As the highest earning model in the world, Gisele Bundchen comes in at number 83. With an estimated earnings of 45 million dollars and notable philanthropic acts such as the plantation of 50,000 trees in Brazil, her native land and her donation of 1 million dollars during the Japanese earthquake to the Red Cross Relief has contributed to her getting featured on this prestigious list.
The other names from the glamour industry found on the list are Lady Gaga (#14), Beyonce Knowles (#32), Jennifer Lopez (#38), Shakira (#40), Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts (#45) and Angelina Jolie (#66).