Ellen DeGeneres tops gay glossy Out's
eighth annual Power 50 list.
The 56-year-old DeGeneres returned to
the top spot in this year's list of most influential gay people,
knocking out last year's champ Apple CEO Tim Cook.
“Everybody loves Ellen, and that's
one of the reasons she's regained the top spot,” Out
wrote. “In March, The Ellen DeGeneres Show shattered
its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately
followed her Academy Awards hosting gig, which also gave the awards
its best ratings since 2004. And her star-studded Oscars selfie
almost shut down Twitter when the pic became the most retweeted
This year, Cook traded places with
DeGeneres, who was named second most influential last year.
MSNBC personality Rachel Maddow
received a third place finish.
In fourth place was Wisconsin Senator
Tammy Baldwin. And journalist Glenn Greenwald rounded out the top 5.
noted the unusual absence of last year's #21 ranked Matt Drudge:
“Since there's no obvious reason for Drudge to completely fall off
the list in one year, I wouldn't be surprised if somebody got a
Also missing from the list is Fox News'
Shepard Smith, a staple of previous years.