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# 6 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

  • Author, Personality, Philanthropist
Age
66
Residence
Chappaqua, NY
Citizenship
United States
Marital Status
Married
Children
1
Education
Master of Laws, Yale University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College

Hillary Clinton on Forbes Lists

Author, Personality, Philanthropist

Age
66
Residence
Chappaqua, NY
Citizenship
United States
Marital Status
Married
Children
1
Education
Master of Laws, Yale University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College
She hasn’t even announced a presidential bid and already she has the Ready for Hillary super PAC (raising $1.7 million in Q1 2014 alone) and her opposition is heating up in equal measure. There is no denying that Hillary is a fierce political force to be reckoned with. And should she be the first woman president of the U.S. come 2016, it would not be her first foray into breaking barriers.  She is the first and only first lady to become a U.S. Senator, not to mention presidential candidate. Her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” which chronicles her time as Secretary of State, reportedly earned her a high-seven-figure advance. A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 57% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Hillary — including nearly a quarter of the Republicans polled. Of the Democrats and independents polled, more than half said they would vote for her in the party’s primary elections, compared with 10% for Vice President Joe Biden.

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When Politico fashions a story out of nothing but old scraps and ascribes their imaginary “shadow campaign” to Hillary, the internet burns up with commentary and articles about articles about the article.  The New York Times justifies its assignment of a single reporter to the Hillary Clinton beat with a Sunday Magazine feature, and both the article and the other-worldly cover draw such attention that the reporter, like a moon reflecting the light of the sun, is suddenly a celebrity herself appearing on CNN and C-SPAN and granting a self-congratulatory interview to a New York Times blogger about how she broke through into the Clinton inner circle.  Yet when a reasoned analysis of the subject of Hillary’s much maligned and largely unread honors thesis from Wellesley appears in two digestible parts in Forbes, like a tree falling in the forest, not a sound emanates.

I fully expected, upon wading into Ralph Benko’s The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, to find yet another right-wing slam complete with name-calling and labels galore.  Instead, to my astonishment, I found well-balanced and informative piece with a fair assessment not only of Saul Alinsky but also of the degree to which Hillary’s study of the man, his methods, and his mission impacted her political trajectory.

Links to Hillary’s thesis (a scan of a rough draft) have been available online for years.  In his opus, Mr. Benko provides yet another.  Not having linked to the hit jobs published by Politico and the NYT,  I provide these links without hesitation and dub them my must-reads for the month.  You may or may not agree with everything in Mr. Benko’s analysis,  but you will find yourself in an atmosphere of intellectual inquiry that has been rare in connection to any piece about Hillary Clinton in many a moon.

This Hillary has been a secret only to the extent that people have not gone on a search for her.  We can thank Mr. Benko and Forbes for shining a light here.

The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, Part I

The Secret Hillary Rodham Clinton, Part II

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In 2012 she was #2 and listed as Secretary of State of the U.S.   This year she is #5 listed as “Personality, Philanthropist.”  Hillary Clinton has entered a new phase of her life as a private citizen and kicked off a career as a public speaker.  With only nine public appearances behind her since her early February retirement (well 10 if you count her presence at the inauguration of the George W. Bush Presidential Center where she did not speak) Hillary remains among the top 10 most powerful women on the planet according to Forbes which released its 2013 list today.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

  • Personality, Philanthropist
  • Age: 65
  • Residence: Chappaqua, NY
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Education: Master of Laws, Yale University; Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 1
  • #2 in 2012
The whole world is watching: Will Hillary run? Clinton has a CV full of firsts: She is the only first lady to become a U.S. senator turned viable presidential candidate turned secretary of state. Now a private citizen, she holds her position as one of the most powerful women on the planet with all bets on that she will be the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate and likely next leader of the free […] more

 

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You all know that I eschew secondary sources, but lacking a primary source at the moment, in order to keep on bringing you Hillary news, I am forced to depend on secondary sources that are credible enough or ask salient questions.  Such posts will appear under the rubric above, and below are some interesting entries.

Hillary Clinton Just Quietly Disbanded Her Presidential Committee

By Adam Clark Estes | The Atlantic Wire

Don’t read too far into this, but Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign organization, Hillary Clinton for President, has finally paid its debts and closed its doors. Documents filed with the Federal Election Committee (FEC) on Monday confirm as much, and the transfer of the old organization’s leftover cash to a new organization, Friends of Hillary, make the transaction complete. At $102,797, the surplus funds are nothing to scoff at, but they’re certainly a long ways off from the billion or so dollars Hillary would need for a full fledged presidential campaign in 2016. But please, before we go any further, let us remind you once again: Don’t read too far into this. The fabled Hillary 2016 campaign is still a fable at this point and a fable without an ending at that.

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Well, we already knew this, but it is a good question, and we cannot get enough of that picture!!!!

Hillary Clinton Launches A New Website, But What Is It For?

Alex Kantrowitz

Alex Kantrowitz, Contributor

hillary clinton website

Hillary Clinton has launched a semi-mysterious new website now that she’s returned to life as a private citizen. The site, hillaryclintonoffice.com, contains nothing but a big picture of Clinton in front of a blue background and an expandable contact form allowing site visitors to reach out to Clinton for scheduling requests, media inquiries and whatever else they might want to speak to her about.

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With Angela Merkel and our Hillary Clinton topping the ridiculously unbalanced  Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women,  I did not have much hope for a more serious list of Most Powerful Couples of 2012.   I was not wrong.  The Clintons top the list with the Gateses #2 and the Obamas #3, but beyond #5, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols,  this list is as wildly incoherent as the list of powerful women – maybe more so.


Here is the gallery.

One might argue that this is a more difficult list to develop since both members must exert power, but like the 100 Most Powerful Women list, this one is most eloquent in who is missing.   Where are foundation head  Cherie and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair?  They are less important than entertainers, models, and sports figures?

Seriously?  Shakira and Gerard Pique?  Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady?  They merit appearing on this list?  Beyonce and Jay-Z outrank Christane Amanpour and Jaimie Rubin,  Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, AND Tina Brown and Harold Evans?  Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia?  Where is the “Portia power?”  Seems they were gratuitously included just to have a gay couple there, but to rank them above Tina Brown whose Newsweek endorsed Romney a few days ago and Evans, whose September Condé Nast Traveler features in depth coverage of a tour of Asia by the secretary of state seems patently ridiculous.

Forbes, please be serious.  We love seeing our Clintons honored, but give it some heft.

The World’s Most Powerful Couples In 2012

Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff

Who says women can’t have it all? On the 2012 FORBES list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, 70% are married, with an average 2.1 kids. Often, these women don’t do it alone. Some have the help of extended family or a stay-at-home husband. Others marry their power equals and scramble to make it work. Here’s a look at the world’s most powerful couples, and what it takes to house two top careers under one roof.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton together form the world’s top power pair. Hillary, the second most powerful woman in the world, made history as one of a handful of women to ever run for U.S. president. In her current role, she is the nation’s chief foreign advisor and is constantly on the go, traveling to over 40 countries in 2012 alone. Meanwhile, Bill served two presidential terms as ruler of the world’s largest economy and remains an active diplomat today.

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Stunning that with all those “pop” names on the list, nowhere do I see Catherine Ashton’s name!  Have I missed it, or is she somehow simply not on the list?  The list becomes something of a joke when Lady Gaga (# 14) outranks Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (#82) , and Catherine Ashton is left off completely.  Before the “Little Monsters” jump all over me:  Regardless of how many of you she can reach with a single tweet (that may or may not be earth-shattering – more likely not), I fail to see  how being a Tweet Star (the reason given by Moira Forbes for this ranking) makes Gaga more powerful than the first woman elected president of an African nation or how Cathy Ashton somehow does not qualify at all.

I love to see Hillary Clinton honored, but when the list is this unbalanced and disorganized it loses its gravitas and becomes just another pop item.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 11: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks during a meeting of the Quartet on the Middle East Peace while flanked by US envoy for Middle East Peace David Hale (R), and EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton (L), during the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting, on April 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Secretary Clinton hosted this years G8 Foreign Ministers conference at the Blair House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The Most Powerful Women In Politics, 2012

For the second year running, three of the top five women on FORBES list of the world’s 100 most powerful women are politicians. In the list as a whole, 19 politicians hold court, including eight heads of state. It wasn’t a U.S. election year, which explains the exit of the Tea Party candidates who wielded considerable power in 2011, but overall more than half of the political returnees from last year’s list shot considerably up the rankings.

What does this say about the changing dynamic of women in politics around the world? In the words of former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, alittle something like this: “People say there are not enough qualified women, that’s one of the biggest bullshit things I’ve ever heard.”

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Thanks to Jim Livesey for the tip on this!   Our girl comes up #16 on the Forbes list of most powerful people.  They chose a beautiful picture of her, too.  What a smile!

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Earnings
$191,300 As of November 2011
Forbes Lists
At a Glance
  • Title: Secretary of State, United States of America
  • Age: 64
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Country of Citizenship: United States
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Wellesley College; Master of Laws, Yale University
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Children: 1
  • Profile

    Impressive marks for her handling of a ­difficult year, which included the Arab Spring uprisings, WikiLeaks’ release of sensitive American diplomatic cables, Iran’s alleged murder attempt on the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and the death of Osama bin Laden.
    2011 Lowlight: Documents in the WikiLeaks dump ­suggest Clinton ordered U.S. diplomats to gather computer passwords of top UN officials, […] more

Her country squire also makes the list, of course!

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton

At a Glance
  • Title: Former President, United States of America
  • Age: 65
  • Residence: Westchester, NY
Forbes Lists
Profile

CGI tackles everything from clean water to ­maternal health and has helped 300 million ­people since 2005.
2011 Highlight: A ­microlending initiative for small-business ­owners in Detroit, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.

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