The Most Powerful Women in Hollywood

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

The Icon

Oprah Winfrey, the former queen of daytime, made history in May 2011 by ending her TV talk fest to start a cable channel, OWN. The initial ratings for OWN were lower than almost anyone expected, but in true Oprah fashion, she turned that around and her budding network is steadily showing growth.

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