9 months in the past, throughout her CBS Primetime particular that includes what can be a controversial sit-down interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex about their departure from the Royal Household, Oprah Winfrey requested Meghan Markle, “Had been you silent? Or had been you silenced?”
17.1 million viewers tuned in to the particular that evening, sparking a worldwide dialog—from the ruthlessness of the press to alleged racism behind closed doorways in Windsor Fortress—and marking a turning level in historical past. Ranked at No. 23 on Forbes’ 2021 Most Highly effective Ladies checklist, Winfrey has constructed a web price of $2.6 billion by crafting such moments and constructing an empire round them.
Whether or not they’re within the highlight or strategizing methods to shift with the media panorama behind the scenes, the 13 different entertainers and media magnates who be a part of Winfrey on The World’s 100 Most Highly effective Ladies checklist are altering the best way tales are instructed.
In streaming, Nigerian visionary Mo Abudu’s EbonyLife turned the primary African manufacturing firm to attain a multi-title cope with Netflix final yr to create two sequence and a number of other movies. Ava DuVernay continued to forge new partnerships for ARRAY, her collective targeted on movies by individuals of colour and girls; she signed a multiyear cope with Spotify in January for a slate of unique scripted and unscripted podcast reveals. In August, Reese Witherspoon’s Hey Sunshine, which was based in 2016 to inform women-driven tales, bought a majority stake to a Blackstone-backed media firm, making her web price $400 million.
The ladies main conventional main media firms went again to the drafting board. Below CEO Ann Sarnoff, WarnerMedia moved to launch your complete 2021 theatrical slate concurrently on HBO Max and in theaters—which appeared dangerous on the time. However she got here out victorious; the streaming service ended March with a mixed 63.9 million worldwide subscribers as movies like ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ discovered success within the field workplace, making a whole bunch of tens of millions within the worldwide field workplace. Fox Information, helmed by CEO Suzanne Scott, launched a 24/7 climate streaming service in October—its app noticed 28 million web page views throughout its first week—to high off a profitable yr for the cable community.
In the meantime, ladies took the music world by storm in 2021. Rihanna made historical past by changing into the richest feminine musician on the planet, becoming a member of the billionaires’ membership with a web price of $1.7 billion due to the success of her cosmetics line Fenty Magnificence. Taylor Swift launched into her journey to re-record her first six albums, that are already degrading her authentic catalog that was bought with out her involvement in 2019 and including worth to a physique of labor that she owns outright—making her more and more richer. Beyoncé turned essentially the most adorned feminine artist in Grammy historical past after profitable Finest R&B Efficiency for “Black Parade,” Finest Rap Music and Finest Rap Efficiency for her function on the “Savage” remix, and Finest Music Video for “Brown Pores and skin Lady,” which introduced her grand complete to twenty-eight awards.
See the complete checklist of essentially the most highly effective ladies in media and leisure beneath, together with their ranks on the World’s 100 Most Highly effective Ladies checklist: