50 Powerful Women in Entertainment

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Amy Pascal
> Occupation: Producer

After the revelation of embarrassing emails forced Amy Pascal to step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2015, she formed her own production company, Pascal Pictures. She has produced the female version of “Ghostbusters,” the Academy Award-winning animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” and “The Post,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

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Shari Redstone
> Occupation: Executive

Any list of the most powerful women in entertainment is bound to have Shari Redstone on it. The daughter of the late media mogul Sumner Redstone, she is the chair of the company that was known until this year as ViacomCBS, the result of a merger she engineered in 2019 for $12 billion between CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. The company – parent of MTV, CBS, Nickelodeon and Showtime – was rebranded as Paramount this February.

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Shonda Rhimes
> Occupation: Executive

Shonda Rhimes appears to have the Midas touch when it comes to television programming. She’s the showrunner behind the long-running hit television series “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Private Practice,” and “Scandal.” Netflix signed her to a multi-year production agreement in 2017, and she’s authored successes for the streaming service such as “Bridgerton” and “Inventing Anna.”

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Rihanna
> Occupation: Singer

Rihanna is an entertainment juggernaut. According to Forbes, her personal worth exceeded $1 billion in 2021, making her the richest female musician in the world. She’s had 14 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and has won nine Grammys. Her wealth is augmented by a line of cosmetics products called Fenty Beauty.

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Margot Robbie
> Occupation: Actress/producer

Margot Robbie has quickly made an impact in the entertainment industry. The 31-year-old Australian actress has starred in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Suiсide Squad” and “I, Tonya,” the latter film earning her one of her two Oscar nominations (the second was for “Bombshell”). She also portrayed actress and Manson victim Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Robbie also has 14 producing and a production company, LuckyChap Entertainment – whose revenge film “Promising Young Woman” earned an Oscar in 2021 for Best Original Screenplay.

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