12 Black Leaders Featured in Forbes' "Most Powerful Women" List

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  • The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
  • President Joyce Banda
  • First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Folorunsho Alakija
  • Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey
  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Helene Gaye
  • President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
  • Rosalind Brewer
  • Ertharin Cousin
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • Ursula Burns

The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Every year, Forbes Magazine releases “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” a list spotlighting extraordinary icons, leaders and groundbreakers. Malawian President Joyce Banda, superstar Beyoncé and Xerox CEO Ursula Burns are just a few of the Black women featured in the 2014 guide. Keep reading to learn who else made the cut. — Patrice Peck  

(Photos from left: REUTERS /MARIO ANZUONI /LANDOV, Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic,Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Walt Disney)

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