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World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

4th January 2013

Politicians reign in Forbes’ list of the most powerful women.

Of the top ten women on the list, six are politicians and three of these take the top slots. In first place is German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, for carrying the fate of the Euro crisis on her shoulders. Despite much opposition to her austerity measures, she still stands as Chancellor, making her Forbes’ most powerful woman of 2012.

Taking second place is American Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. For her formidable year in which she has visited 42 countries, urged the Syrian President to relinquish his role and leave the country and been voted as Gallup Politics’ most admired woman for the 17th time, Clinton takes second.

Third on the list is the Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, for her focus on entrepreneurship inspiring new start-up companies and for having the sixth biggest economy in the world.

Other Politicians coming high up on the list include, Sonia Gandhi of India, Michelle Obama, Janet Napolitano, Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security and Cristina Fernandez Kirchner, President of Argentina.

The other women dominating the list are technology and business gurus, including COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, president and CEO of IBM, Virginia Rometty and Fashion Designer, Diane Von Furstenberg.

The United States dominated list does, however, include two women from the UK. Queen Elizabeth II is the 26th most powerful woman on the list and author, J.K. Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, comes in at number 78.


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