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Forbes: The 10 Most Powerful Female Celebrities of 2012

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7. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is renowned as an Academy Award-winning actress, a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and, as of April 2012, a special envoy to the High Commissioner of the UNHCR, the U.N.'s special agency for refugees, a growing global crisis. The mother of six has had a busy year. On the money front, it was a quiet year for Jolie in Hollywood with no big blockbuster premieres, but she still pulled in $20 million thanks to residuals and smart endorsement campaigns. As a fierce advocate for refugee rights, in June she donated $100,000 to the UNHCR to assist Syrian refugees, telling reporters that "Every individual refugee matters. Each has their own story. Each has suffered more than I could ever bear." Jolie last visited Syria in June, 2011, when she was welcomed by refugees with a sign that read, "Goodness Angel of the World, Welcome." Since then an estimated 500,000 people have become displaced from the troubled country. The two-time Davos speaker regularly opens her wallet through the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which donated $2.3 million to various charitable programs in 2010, most notably Doctors without Borders.

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