Taylor Swift ranked among world’s most powerful people

Singer is highest placed woman in Fortune's list of top businessmen and world leaders

Taylor Swift has been listed amongst the world’s most powerful people.

The singer came sixth in Fortune‘s World’s Greatest Leaders poll behind Apple CEO Tim Cook at number one, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, Xi Jinping, the Chinese President and two places behind Pope Francis.

She is the highest placed woman in the list which ranks “extraordinary” people who are “transforming business, government and philanthropy”.

Explaining the reasoning behind her position, the publication stated: “Taylor Swift didn’t become the highest-paid woman in the music business by accident.

“Pop’s savviest star has crossed swords with Spotify, embraced corporate sponsorship, and moved to secure dozens of trademarks (including phrases like “This sick beat”)—plus she has proved shrewder at honing a brand in the social media age than virtually any other person or company.

“With ‘1989’, the top-selling album in 2014, Swift’s efforts to ensure she gets paid for her music could have a huge ripple effect on the way artists are compensated in an era of free streaming.”

Swift took a stand against Spotify last November, removing all her tracks without prior notice, just days after the release of ‘1989’.

She justified her decision by arguing that the bosses of the streaming site, which allows users to listen to millions of songs for free, aren’t compensating artists and songwriters properly.

Swift has since allowed some of her music to be streamed via’s Jay-Z‘s subscription based music service Tidal.