She placed 98 on the list, joining a select group of women of colour led by US Vice-President Kamala Harris (no. 2), and including billionaires Oprah Winfrey (no. 23) and Rihanna (no. 68), entertainer Beyoncé Knowles (no. 76), filmmaker Ava DuVernay (no. 80), and tennis star Serena Williams (no. 85).
The only other African women on the list are Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO (no. 91) and Samia Suluhu Hassan, the current President of Tanzania (no. 94).
Forbes said: “Media mogul and EbonyLife founder Mo Abudu is on a mission to bring Africa’s stories to the world and upend Western misperceptions of the continent.
“The entertainment industry is looking beyond Hollywood to source local stories that resonate with a global audience.
“It’s a formula that Abudu has been championing all along, culminating in her signing Netflix’s first multi-title deal with an African production company.”
A quick survey of the list suggests that the women who have been included are rewriting the rules of business, entertainment, finance and politics.