Reese has made it onto Forbes’ 2019 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (#90). Back in June she was listed on America’s Self-Made Women (#77) Power List. Read about how she’s made the lists below:
The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women
In 2019, women around the globe took action, claiming leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy and media. These trailblazers are not to be messed with.
Last December, leader of House Democrats Nancy Pelosi met with President Trump in the Oval Office to discuss a possible government shutdown. During the contentious 15-minute exchange, Pelosi challenged the President, interrupted his interruptions and made clear she would not back down. “Mr. President,” she said, “please don’t characterize the strength that I bring to this meeting.”
A year later, Pelosi has proven why those who misjudge her do so at their peril. As Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the 79-year-old is second in line for the presidency and the first woman to hold the speakership in American history. She is also the first to return to that role in more than 60 years (her first appointment went from 2007 until 2011, when the Democrats lost control of the House). And she’s the engineer of the country’s fourth-ever impeachment proceedings.
That is already enough to earn her a spot in the history books, but her wielding of authority is what has catapulted her among World’s Most Powerful Women at number 3, the highest rank she’s ever held and the first time she’s been on the list since 2015, when she was number 38. Pelosi’s power manifests from the way she’s directing her authority: on her own terms. She withstood months of pressure from an outspoken wing of her party before initiating the impeachment process, waiting for the strongest possible evidence of the president’s Constitutional misdemeanors. Elsewhere in her term, she has literally stood up and clapped back to Trump and even executed her own trip overseas to meet with allies and assure them of America’s continued might in the world.
“Don’t mess with me,” Pelosi told a reporter who implied that her impeachment motives were personal.
That could be the mantra for just about every one of the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women. The top-ranked woman for the ninth year in a row, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is crusading against anti-immigrant sentiment in Europe; Taylor Swift is battling industry stalwarts and private equity firms over musician song-ownership rights; and 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg—one of 23 newcomers to the list—is fighting inaction on climate change and galvanizing millions of young people around the globe.
There is plenty of evidence that other women not yet in these ranks are also making moves. The United States Congress has a record 126 women in its chambers and more women are being appointed to S&P 500 boards than at any other point in global history.
As for the path forward, the Speaker herself is helping show the way: “We don’t agonize. We organize.”
#90 Reese Witherspoon
– Frustrated with the roles she was getting, Reese Witherspoon started a production company, Pacific Standard, in 2012.
– Through Pacific Standard, the Legally Blonde actress had a hand in hits including ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Wild.’
– In 2016, she partnered with Otter Media, a division of AT&T’s WarnerMedia, to launch Hello Sunshine, which focuses on female-driven stories.
– It now operates a book club, audio programming with Audible, two podcasts, a video-on-demand channel with DirecTV and is collaborating with Apple.
– Laurene Powell Jobs invested in Hello Sunshine in February.
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America’s Richest Self-Made Women
Inside Forbes’ ranking of the country’s most successful self-made women entrepreneurs and executives as measured by their net worths.
More women are creating new businesses and amassing fortunes than ever before. As a result, Forbes has expanded our ranking of the nation’s wealthiest self-made women to 80 ceiling crashers, one third more than a year ago. Each of these overachievers has blazed her own trail. Some, like the entrepreneurs behind toilet spray Poo-Pourri and vegan makeup line Thrive Causemetics, created fresh products while others like Belinda Johnson, Airbnb’s chief operating officer, joined tech juggernauts as they were taking flight. Still others, including musician and beauty entrepreneur Rihanna and reality TV star-turned makeup mogul Kylie Jenner, have figured out ways to monetize their fame, fans and social media followers. At the top of the ranks for the second year in a row is Diane Hendricks, who added $2.1 billion to her net worth in the past year, thanks to record sales of $10.5 billion at her roofing giant, ABC Supply.
List members range in age from 21 to 92, and are worth a combined $81.3 billion. The minimum net worth to make Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of these women is $225 million. A record 25 are billionaires, one more than last year. Nearly half, or 38, live in California, followed by New York with 9. Nineteen were born outside of the U.S., in countries spanning Burma to Barbados.
#77 Reese Witherspoon
$240m as of 6/4/19