Ellen tops Out Magazine's Power 50
Out Magazine has released its annual Power 50 list – where the magazine names the movers and shakers in the LGBT community – and who should top the honours but Ellen DeGeneres.
DeGeneres, who was in second place last year, secured the top spot over Apple CEO Tim Cook for the 2014 list. Cook had topped the list for the past three years.
Speaking of why Ellen had wrestled the top slot from Cook, Out Magazine editors commented on a number of achievements by the talk show host and TV personality in the past twelve months.
“In March, The Ellen DeGeneres Show shattered its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately followed her Academy Awards hosting gig, which also gave the awards its best ratings since 2004. And her star-studded Oscars selfie almost shut down Twitter when the pic became the most retweeted ever.”
TV host Rachel Maddow snuck into third place on this year’s list, followed by US Senator Tammy Baldwin, and journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Celebrities figured heavily in the remainder of the top ten, with Glee creator Ryan Murphy securing the number six slot; How I Met Your Mother star, Neil Patrick Harris rocketing into number seven; TV host Andy Cohen sliding into eighth position and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts at number ten. The ninth spot was secured by young college football player, former Missouri Tigers Defensive End Michael Sam, who made history as the first out football player in the US.