Taylor Swift leads Forbes' list of most powerful women aged under 45 in 2015

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Taylor Swift was named as the youngest powerful women aged under 45 (Source: Getty)

This year 17 women aged under 45 made it onto Forbes' annual list of the world's 100 most powerful women.

At just 25 years old pop-country singer Taylor Swift topped the prestigious list of young female influencers. She's described as "one of the most significant cultural influencers of our time" with her decision to pull her music from streaming service Spotify as well as efforts to interact with fans directly noted.

And in second place was Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who authored best-selling book "lean-in" encouraging women to pursue their ambitions. She has an MBA from Harvard and has previously worked as a World Bank economist as well as chief of staff to then-Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.

Here are the 17 most powerful women under 45:

Taylor Swift25Entertainer and philanthropist
Sheryl Sandberg45Chief operating officer at Facebook
Beyonce Knowles33Entertainer and entrepreneur
Marissa Mayer38Chief executive at Yahoo
Lucy Peng42Chief executive of Ant Financial at Alibaba
Adena Friedman44Co-president at Nasdaq
Samantha Power44Ambassador at the United Nations
Amy Hood43Chief financial officer at Microsoft
Angelina Jolie39Actress and philanthropist
Sofie Vergara42Entertainer and entrepreneur
Katie Jacobs45Vice president of global media at Twitter
Elizabeth Holmes30Founder at Theranos
Shakira38Entertainer and philanthropist
Sara Blakely44Founder at Spanx
Yao Chen35Entertainer and philanthropist
Jenny Lee43Managing partner at GGV Capital
Lee Boo-jin44President at Cheil Industries

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