Gina Rinehart top media exec in Women’s Weekly’s first Power List

Australian Women's Weekly power list editionSeveral high-profile members of the media and film communities have been named in the inaugural Australian Women’s Weekly Power List, with mining magnate Gina Rinehart leading the way.

Fairfax’s biggest shareholder is seventh on the list, while Maile Carnegie, the managing director of Google Australia and New Zealand comes in at 13, and new CEO of REA Group Tracey Fellows is in at number 40.

Leading the pack is Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, with a raft of politicians and bureaucrats in the rankings.

“Women tend to have an uneasy relationship with power – not so much the wielding of it, which they do as well as any man, but the owning of it,” said Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Helen McCabe.

“Our definition of power when compiling this list was not how impressive a woman’s title is or how large her corner office might be, but her ability to get things done. I’m confident we have come up with a list which is both authoritative and surprising.”

Other notable names on the list include Cate Blanchett (12), Leigh Sales (14), Fran Kelly (32), Miranda Devine (34),  Kate McClymont and Caroline Wilson (43),Annabel Crabb (44) and Sarah Ferguson (49).

Judges for this year included ABC’s director of news Kate Torney, PR Sue Cato, Clive Mathieson editor of The Australian, Henry Tajer chairman of IPG MediaBrands and McCabe.

The list is published in October’s edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly on sale on Thursday.

Women in media and film on the list:

7. Gina Rinehart (Billionaire and mining magnate)

12. Cate Blanchett (actress)

13. Maile Carnegie (MD, Google Australia and New Zealand)

14. Leigh Sales (Host ABC 7.30)

28. Tracy Grimshaw (host, A Current Affair)

31. Nicole Kidman (actress)

32. Fran Kelly (host, RN Breakfast)

34. Miranda Devine (columnist, News Corp)

36. Sarah Murdoch (TV presenter, charity patron)

40. Tracey Fellows (CEO, REA Group)

43. Kate McClymont and Caroline Wilson (journalists, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age)

44. Annabel Crabb (political journalist)

46. Catherine Martin (Oscar winning movie cpstume and set designer)

47. Kylie and Dannii Minogue (musicians and TV presenters)

49. Sarah Ferguson (ABC TV reporter)

50. Jessica Mauboy (singer and actress)


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