Forbes’ has released its list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and nestled in there, amongst politicians and businesswomen, are nine huge celebrity names who deserve a hat tip.

Below are the entertainers and tastemakers who are "inspiring change and driving conversation" around the world.

They prove that being a celebrity doesn't necessarily mean taking on a vacuous role or simply walking down red carpets and taking an inordinate amount of 'selfies'.

Being famous really does open doors and these women know exactly how to take advantage of their fortunes to help others. They put in a lot of hard work while doing so, too.

Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Beyonce are all included in Forbes' list of the world's most powerful women, but can you guess which one really runs the world? Find out in the slideshow below...

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  • Gisele Bundchen

    Rank: 95 The world's most powerful supermodel is still an endorsement queen and holds the record for the most covers of Vogue Magazine at 120.

  • J.K Rowling

    Rank: 93 The world's first billionaire author unveiled her adult book Casual Vacancy and sold nearly 1.5 million copies in the U.S. The Harry Potter books finally became available in digital form in 2012 via the online store Pottermore, with Rowling, who shrewdly held onto e-book rights rather than sign them over to her publishers, pocketing much of the sale price.

  • Shakira Mebarak

    Rank: 52 The Colombian singer-songwriter has seen 13 million viewers tune in to watch her judge on singing competition 'The Voice'. She also uses her influence to better the lives of people around the world through philanthropy or humanitarian efforts.

  • Ellen DeGeneres

    Rank: 51 The star of 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show,' now in its 10th year and drawing 3.5 million viewers daily, will soon be back on the big screen. This year she signed on to 'Finding Dory,' a sequel to Disney-Pixar's $921 million grossing film 'Finding Nemo.' Her YouTube channel's 1.7 billion views and 18 million Twitter followers have also made her a hit with young viewers.

  • Lady Gaga

    Rank: 45 Lady Gaga, once the most followed woman on Twitter, started a Body Revolution this year, where she encouraged fans to "be brave and post a photo of you that celebrates your triumph over insecurities."

  • Sofia Vergara

    Rank: 38 TV’s top-earning actress, Emmy-nominated star of ‘Modern Family’ Sofia Vergara, is THE face of a sweeping and lucrative trend in mainstream American media - to capture the $1 trillion Hispanic market.

  • Angelina Jolie

    Rank: 37 Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian, and one-half of the world’s most beautiful couple. Jolie acts as UN Goodwill Ambassador and a special envoy to the High Commissioner of the UNHCR, the UN’s special agency for refugees. This month she revealed she’d undergone a preventative double mastectomy, giving strength to thousands of women.

  • Beyonce

    Rank: 17 Over the past 9 months, the pop star scored a $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi, sang the National Anthem at President Obama's inauguration, performed at the Super Bowl halftime show, premiered her autobiographical documentary on HBO, scooped up another Grammy, and kicked off a world tour -- all before releasing a new single or album.

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Rank: 13 Oprah, America's only African-American billionaire, appears to be reviving the fortunes of her once-faltering cable channel, OWN, which grabbed ratings with an exclusive Lance Armstrong mea culpa interview after the cyclist's fall from grace.