Fortune Magazine names singer highest-ranking celebrity on '40 Under 40' list

Taylor Swift has been named the highest-ranking celebrity on Fortune magazine's new “40 Under 40″ influential list in 2015.

Recording artist Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Taylor Swift has been named the highest-ranking celebrity on Fortune magazine's new "40 Under 40" influential list in 2015.

Fortune Magazine's 40 under 40 is a list of individuals whom editors at the magazine consider to be the most influential leaders for the selected year. The magazine unveiled its 2015 ranking on Thursday September 24.

Fortune decided to make the list "100 percent brand new," meaning, in order to be included, a person could not have been featured in past editions.

With a focus on “power and influence,” Adam Neumann, the 36-year-old founder and CEO of the communal workspace company WeWork, scored the new installment’s top spot.

Swift is placed at number six becoming the single highest-earning musician last year, but that’s not what earned her the respect and attention of the business world. "It was her surprising and effective public stance against free music," says the outlet, citing the singer’s public battles with Spotify and Apple.

Only three other celebs featured on the list include: 'Last Week Tonight' host John Oliver at number 10, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company landed her at 14 while  Ronda Rousey ranked in at the 40th with the magazine declaring, “2015 has been the Year of Ronda.” Fortune gives her credit not just for her undefeated UFC career, but also for her forays into acting, as well as for “inspiring women everywhere with a recent speech about body image.”

Given the requirement that all the honorees be “40 Under 40″ newbies, a lot of notable names had to be left out. To make up for that, Fortune also created a Hall Of Fame list that includes still under-40 “alumni” like Mark Zuckerberg.

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