Ann named one of the 'Most Powerful Women' in world

Aug. 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM ET

Forbes magazine named Ann Curry as one of the "Most Powerful Women" in the world. She joins a lofty list that includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Secretary of State Hillary clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.

The TODAY co-anchor ranked No. 66 out of 100 overall. Oprah Winfrey, ABC News' Diane Sawyer and Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour were also honored in the media category.

"Power is the ability to influence," Ann told Forbes in a video in which those honored talk about what power means to them. 

She called her role at TODAY a "service job." It gives her the chance to "take care of people with information. Which diminishes fear" and increases the quality of people's lives. "If you can be a purveyor of that, then you can be a force for good."

How did Forbes compile the list? Their editors sought out women who were "smack in the middle of Richter-registering events -- and more. Their power derives from money and might, yes, but also (thanks to old, new and social media), reach and influence." 

That sounds right up Ann's ally! Her tweet during the Haiti earthquake was named by Twitter as the "Most Influential" of 2010.

What advice would she give for the next generation of influencers?

"Everything you dream of, that you care enough to not give up on, the deepest passions in you, the things you really want, will come true," Ann told Forbes. "If you don’t give up, if you love it enough, and if you work really hard, you will have it. It will happen. I know."

Watch the full interview with Forbes above. And send your congratulations to Ann in the comments.

Click here to find out who else made Forbes magazine's list of the most powerful women in the world.

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