AUSTRALIA'S richest person Gina Rinehart is more powerful than Beyonce, according to Forbes's most powerful women list.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped Forbes's list of the world's most powerful women for the third consecutive year, followed by Brazil's Dilma Rousseff. They were followed by Melinda Gates - who co-chairs the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with her billionaire philanthropist husband - US First Lady Michelle Obama and former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Ms Rinehart meanwhile has climbed from 35th spot last year to 16th as she became the fifth richest woman in the world with a net worth, according to Forbes, of $17 billion.
It came a day after BRW named her Australia's richest woman with an estimated net worth of $22 billion.
Her Forbes ranking puts her ahead of Beyonce (17th), Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer (32nd), Angelina Jolie (37th), Queen Elizabeth II (40th), Vogue editor Anna Wintour (41st), Lady Gaga (45th), Ellen DeGeneres (51st) and Huffington Post editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington (56th).
She also outranked Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who saw her position slip one spot in 2013 to 28th and Westpac chief executive Gail Kelly who came in at 62nd.
The annual list includes influential women in global politics, business, media, entertainment, technology and non-profits - ranking them by "money, media presence and impact," according to the business magazine.
"The rise of personal brands and entrepreneurial endeavors among this year's Power Women are exciting trends as we mark our 10th year of publishing the list," said Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman.
"From Singapore to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom to the United States - and beyond - the 100 influential women on our list are making an indelible and lasting impact on the world we live in," she said in a statement.
Forbes has named Mrs Merkel the most powerful woman eight out of the 10 years the list has existed.
High-ranking businesswomen on the list include Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman (No. 15) - subject of the Forbes cover story - as well as Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6) .
The 24 CEOs on the list lead firms with a combined $US893 billion ($911 billion) in 2012 revenues, while the eight heads of state run countries with a combined GDP of $US9.9 trillion, the magazine said.
The list can be viewed at www.forbes.com/power-womenSource