Special Report

50 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment

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Shari Redstone
> Job: Vice Chair, CBS & Viacom
> Age: 64
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 202,250

Daughter of media magnate Sumner Redstone, Shari Redstone is the current vice-chair of CBS Corporation and Viacom. Redstone has proved herself a media mogul in her own right and has been described as shrewd and determined. Redstone is currently worth $5 billion in family assets and has control over companies with a combined worth of $36 billion.

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Kathleen Kennedy
> Job: President, Lucasfilm
> Age: 65
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 1,122,690

Kathleen Kennedy co-founded Amblin Entertainment — the production company behind blockbuster movies such as “Jurassic Park” and “Men in Black” — with her husband Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg in 1982. Kennedy is now president of Lucasfilm, where she has produced such movies as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and this past year, “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

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Shonda Rhimes
> Job: Showrunner
> Age: 49
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 2,301,003

Shonda Rhimes is the showrunner behind the hit television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Private Practice,” and “Scandal.” The multi-talented storyteller signed in 2017 a multi-year production deal with Netflix.

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Bonnie Hammer
> Job: Chairman, NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises
> Age: 68 (estimate)
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 40,810

Bonnie Hammer was chairman of Cable Entertainment at NBCUniversal prior to being named chairman of NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises in 2019. In this roll, Hammer oversees such channels as USA, The Sci-Fi Channel, E!, and production companies Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. Her net worth is estimated at about $2.8 billion, according to entertainment news website SuperbHub.

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Oprah Winfrey
> Job: Chairman and CEO, OWN
> Age: 65
> Wikipedia page views (2 yr.): 7,866,218

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been one of the most popular — and perhaps the most powerful — women in entertainment since the national debut of her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986. While the show ended in 2011, the much-admired Winfrey has maintained her influence via the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Winfrey’s career has been a lucrative one, with the executive’s net worth estimated at $3.2 billion.