Most Powerful Latinas: Jennifer Lopez, Shakira And Sofia Vergara Make Forbes' List (PHOTOS)

08/22/2012 05:28 pm ET | Updated Aug 24, 2012

Who runs the world? Girls -- or, more specifically, Latina women.

Forbes, known for its annual rankings of the rich and influential, released its 2012 World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and the list included the names of several impressive Latinas.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff made the top three for the second year running -- behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- followed by Argentinia President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner at No. 16 and Maria das Gracas Silva Foster, CEO of Brazilian energy corporation Petrobras at No. 20.

The high-profile list also featured big names in entertainment like Jennifer Lopez (No. 38), Shakira (No. 40) and Sofia Vergara (No. 75).

The "Modern Family" actress recently made another Forbes list as the top-earning actress on U.S. television. But that's not all the 40-year-old starlet does. As co-founder of a media company, LatinWE, and owner of a clothing line -- along with countless endorsement deals -- Vergara raked in an estimated $19 million over the past year.

Up from last year, eight influential Latinas made the most powerful list -- three more than 2011's count. Check out the gallery below to see all the leading Latinas that made the cut.

Forbes' 8 Most Powerful Latinas

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