Ellen DeGeneres has topped Out magazine’s 2014 Power List. The comedienne and host of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is the most powerful gay celebrity according to the list, which ranks the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. In the list published on April 15, DeGeneres topped a list of 50, which included such powerful gay celebrities like Apple CEO Tim Cook, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow and actor Neil Patrick Harris.
DeGeneres has only soared since she came out as gay back in 1997. During a time when there was less acceptance and tolerance when it came to sexuality, Ellen really paved the way, proving success can be obtained being out and open. Today, the television host is one of the most respected and loved celebrities in America. Her success is outlined by “Out”.
“Everybody loves Ellen, and that’s one of the reasons she’s regained the top spot. 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.”
A person must be very powerful to be able to be Twitter even for since a few minutes. DeGeneres has not only hosted the Academy Awards, but she has also hosted the Grammy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. To show just how versatile she is, she also provided the voice of Dory in Disney Pixar’s “Finding Nemo.” But her success is not limited to her professional life. In 2008, she married her long-term girlfriend Portia de Rossi. Despite recent tabloid rumors, the two are still very much in love.
Among some of the notables on this year’s list is Ryan Murphy who came in at No. 6, recently out Ellen Page, debuting at No. 29 and also Robin Roberts came in at No. 10. Amongst athletes, Brittney Griner and Michael Sam made the list. Fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Tom Ford are also among the 50 most powerful gay celebrities in America according to “Out” magazine.