The Most Powerful Women in Hollywood

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  • Mara Brock Akil
  • Soledad O'Brien
  • Debra Lee
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Queen Latifah
  • Beyoncé
  • Kerry Washington
  • Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Tyra Banks
  • Shonda Rhimes

Head Executive in Charge

As the chair and CEO of BET Networks, Debra Lee's 30-year career at the station has given artists of color a welcome outlet via award shows, scripted programs and documentaries.

(Photo: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for BET)

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