Handbag designers rank on Forbes most powerful women list

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These women are not only influencing your wardrobe, they're changing the world.

Diane Von Furstenberg at CFDA Fashion Awards

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We do love a good Forbes list, and this week they are ranking the most powerful women in the world.

From celebrities (yes, Beyonce was in there, #17), politicians (German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list), through to fashion superstars.

Forbes dub their annual list the "definitive annual guide to the extraordinary icons and leaders, groundbreakers and ceiling crashers who command the world stage." And of course, that includes women of the fashion world.

Anna Wintour was up there in the top 50 (#39), but also banging the fashion drum were the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg (#68, only one behind Lady Gaga), Miuccia Prada (#75) and Tory Burch (#79).

Billionaire Burch pulled in sales of over $800 million last year and has just launched a new initiative with the Tory Burch Foundation and the Bank of America to help women entrepreneurs secure capital for their fledgling businesses.

But this isn't just about cold hard cash, which is a good thing as Forbes points out as only 10% of billionaires are women, and we still only occupy 5% of top CEO jobs.

"Power is a charged word that covers more than the traditional definition of political and economic might," explains Forbes.

Slaps on back power women of the world. Keep up the good work.

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