Apple CEO Tim Cook, MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow and journalist Glenn Greenwald also were ranked in 2014’s top 10 most influential members of the LGBT community
Ellen DeGeneres has once again topped Out’s annual Power 50 list, which ranks the most influential LGBT voices in American culture.
The 56-year-old comedian and reigning queen of daytime talk fell to the No. 2 spot last year, but reclaimed top honors thanks to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” shattering its own 10-year ratings record with the episode that immediately followed her Academy Award hosting gig. According to Out, her Oscar selfie that almost broke Twitter was the icing on the cake.
Apple CEO Tim Cook — who beat DeGeneres to the top last year — came in second as “the most powerful gay man in corporate America,” while MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow was ranked third for hosting the most-watched show on her own network and “gaining ground on Fox’s bottle blonde du jour, Megyn Kelly.”
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who rose to fame for interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden last year, debuted on the list in the No. 5 slot. Openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam and “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts were also rookies to the top of the list.
Here are the top 10 on OUT’s 2014 Power List:
1. Ellen DeGeneres (talk show host)
2. Tim Cook (Apple CEO)
3. Rachel Maddow (MSNBC host)
4. Tammy Baldwin (U.S. Senator)
5. Glenn Greenwald (journalist)
6. Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story” creator, producer)
7. Neil Patrick Harris (actor)
8. Andy Cohen (Bravo executive)
9. Michael Sam (football player)
10. Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America” host)