Some of the most powerful women and couples have ties to the Hudson Valley. Here are a few who made Forbes magazine's top list this year.
File photo of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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)
Forbes named ABC anchorwoman Diane Sawyer the 23rd-most powerful woman in the world. The TV personality attends the Public Theater 50th Anniversary Gala at Delacorte Theater in Manhattan. (June 18, 2012)
Journalist Diane Sawyer and director Mike Nichols were ranked the world's fifth-most powerful couple by Forbes. The couple own a home in Palisades. Sawyer and Nichols arrive at the AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards honoring Mike Nichols, presented by TV Land at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. (June 10, 2010)
Pop sensation Beyoncé was named the 32nd-most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Beyoncé is in full makeup as she hosts the screening of “Live at Roseland: The Elements of 4" at the Paris Theatre in Manhattan. (Nov. 20, 2011)
Jay-Z and Beyonce came in number 6 on Forbes' list of power couples. The musicians own a home in Scarsdale.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were named the 13th-most powerful couple in the world by Forbes. Jolie spent her childhood in Palisades. The couple arrive at the 84th annual Academy Awards at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2012)