Who runs the world? These girls! See which Hollywood power women, including Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Oprah Winfrey, became star influencers by raking in box office bucks, building a business empire and filling their trophy cases with Oscars and Emmys.
1- Angelina Jolie
Jolie commands box office attention worldwide while still making time for philanthropy and be a mother to six children. Although Maleficent was Jolie’s biggest box office opening ever, she may step away from the spotlight soon. “I became an actress because my mom wanted me to become an actress,” she has said. “It took me until my mid-30s to realize I actually didn’t…I’ll do a few more films and enjoy it…but I’ve never loved it like I love other things.”
Helming her own empire — her namesake line currently covers women’s dresses, jeans, coats, handbags, shoes, luggage, and fragrance — the singer and Weight Watchers spokeswoman has said her proudest achievement thus far isn’t about fashion — it’s family. “As a mom, I just have this confidence,” Simpson, who has daughter Maxwell and son Ace with fiance Eric Johnson, told ABC. “I just feel so proud of what I’ve done and what I’ve accomplished.”
3- Jennfier Lopez
“Even though I had sold 70 million records, there was this feeling like, I’m not good at this. I was always so insecure and just kind of going along,” explained mom of twins Lopez, who also appears as a judge on FOX’s American Idol and has a Kohl’s line of clothing, accessories and home furnishings, to Cosmopolitan. “Then I grew, little by little, and realized, wait a minute, this is not a fluke. I’m not a mistake — I work my ass off. And I know what I’m doing.”
“I’m never satisfied,” admits Jay Z’s wife, who makes her millions through sold out worldwide concert tours, merchandise sales and endorsement deals. “I’ve never met anyone that works harder than me in my industry.”
After 25 years running The Oprah Winfrey Show, her OWN Network and a magazine, Winfrey doesn’t count material wealth as her crowning achievement. Instead, Winfrey penned in O that she is most proud of “never shutting my heart down” despite sexual abuse, an unplanned pregnancy and endless scrutiny over her weight. “I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward,” she wrote in January 2014.
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