Hudson Valley celebs make Forbes power lists

Bill and Hillary Clinton topped Forbes' list of

Bill and Hillary Clinton topped Forbes' list of "The World's 15 Most Powerful Couples." The Clintons are Chappaqua residents. The former president and current secretary of state arrive for the funeral service for former Czech President Vaclav Havel in Prague. (Dec. 23, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Hudson Valley's got the power, according to Forbes magazine, which released its rankings of the world's most powerful women and couples on Wednesday.

Several power couples with Hudson Valley connections made the magazine's list of "The World's 15 Most Powerful Couples," including the top-ranked duo, Chappaqua residents Bill and Hillary Clinton. Forbes called the former president and current secretary of state "the world's premiere power pair."

ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer and her Oscar and Tony award-winning hubby Mike Nichols came in at number 5. The couple, married since 1988, own a home in Palisades.

Ranked just behind Sawyer and Nichols are rap mogul Jay-Z and his pop superstar wife Beyoncé. The talented twosome bought a 15,000-square-foot home in Scarsdale in 2008. Forbes called Bey and Jay "the music industry's most influential couple." This influence was recently proven when Jay-Z convinced fellow Westchester resident Ron Howard to direct a documentary chronicling a day in his life during an upcoming concert.

Hollywood heavyweights Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made the cut at number 13. Pitt and Jolie, who spent her early years at her mother's Palisades home, announced plans to marry this year after seven years and six children. The magazine calculated the couple's combined earnings last year alone at $45 million.

Each of the women in the Hudson Valley power pairings also proved powerful enough to stand on their own by also ranking in the magazine's annual list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." Hillary Clinton placed second on the list behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which makes her the most powerful woman in America.

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Media maven Sawyer made the solo list in 23rd place, while Beyoncé proved that women really do run the world at number 32, and Academy-award winner and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Jolie placed 66th.

The women are joined on the individual list by another power player with Hudson Valley ties: Kingston native Anne Sweeney, the co-chairwoman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group, came in just ahead of Sawyer at number 22.

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