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05-06-2015

Girl Power: The 10 Highest Paid Women In The World

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On a global level, women are now earning higher salaries than ever before, helping to close the pay gap between the genders. In fact, just last year, a record 172 women featured on the annual Forbes list of billionaires, helping to demonstrate the greater earning capacity many women are benefiting from.
But which popular celebrity made more than $100 million in 2014? And who increased their earnings by 69 percent in the space of a single year? Below, we look at the top 10 highest paid women in the world, across all industries.

1. BEYONCÉ KNOWLES - $115 million

American musician Beyoncé Knowles enjoyed the most financially successful 12 months of her entire career in 2014, more than doubling her earnings from the previous year. In total, the singer was able to bring in an estimated $115 million, according to the Forbes 'World’s Most Powerful Celebrities' list. During this period of time, 'Queen B' embarked on her 'On the Run Tour', a joint venture along with her husband, Jay-Z. The shows were a huge commercial success, grossing in excess of $100 million.
Beyoncé's eponymous fifth studio album sold steadily throughout 2014 and was given a platinum edition reissue later in the year. These earnings were topped up by sales of her official fragrances, as well as money brought in through various high-profile endorsement deals with the likes of Pepsi, L'Oréal and H&M.
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2. ANGELA AHRENDTS - $82.6 million

Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, Angela Ahrendts, ended 2014 as the world's highest-paid female executive. Indeed, despite only joining Apple in May, having previously served as CEO of the Burberry Group, a Bloomberg report found that her total earnings for the year were a staggering $82.6 million. Upon joining Apple, Ahrendts officially became the first woman to ever be part of the company's management team. In her first year, she was an instrumental figure in the roll out of the highly anticipated Apple Watch.
On top of her salary and performance-related extras, Ahrendts' earnings over the year were significantly bolstered by a generous signing on bonus from Apple. In addition, her $82.6 million compensation takes into account a make-whole grant for awards left behind at her previous employer.
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