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Oprah, Anne Sweeney and Ellen Make Forbes' Most Powerful Women List

Who are the most powerful women in the world, and what presence do they have in shaping daytime television? Forbes addressed the first part of that question in their annual ranking of the World's Most Powerful Women.


Among those associated with daytime who made the cut, Oprah Winfrey came in highest at No. 13. The former daytime talk show host, who still produces daytime programming (Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray) via Harpo Productions, was cited for the turnaround at her cable network OWN.

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Anne Sweeney, co-chairman of Disney Media Works and president of Disney/ABC Television group, came in at No. 24. The article touted ABC's Good Morning America overtaking NBC's Today, as well as revenue and operating income for Sweeney's division being up by four percent and eight percent respectively.

Hollywood hitmaker Amy Pascal came in at No. 36. The Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman saw her studio take in $4.4 billion in 2012, courtesy of blockbusters like Skyfall and The Amazing Spider-Man. Pascal, who advocates for gay slurs to stop being used in films, also provides oversight for Sony Pictures Television, co-owner and distributor of CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless and NBC's Days of Our Lives.

Talk show queen Ellen DeGeneres just missed the top 50, coming in at No. 51 on the Forbes list. Approximately 3.5 million people a day watch her daytime show Ellen; she has a lucrative deal with Cover Girl and has signed on for Pixar's Finding Dory.

Check out the rest of Forbes' list of the World's Most Powerful Women here.

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