94. Debra Lee
Power, according to Debra Lee, “means being able to set your own destiny. And, in my instance, it means being able to navigate BET, Centric and our other platforms in the direction that’s appropriate and most beneficial to our audience.” Marking her seventh year at the helm, Lee and her navigational skills are in top form. BET, a Viacom subsidiary reaching 90 million-plus households, posted its highest ratings year ever in 2011, retaining its status as the No. 1 cable network targeting African-Americans.