Forbes has just released their 10th Annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and for the third year in a row, German chancellor Angela Merkel has taken the number one spot. In fact, in the 10 years that Forbes has put together this list, Merkel has appeared in the Top 100 eight times, and seven of those times she was number 1!
According to Forbes, one of the main reasons Angela Merkel has remained at the top of the list has to do with the fact that she is “the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the euro on her shoulders. Merkel’s hard-line austerity prescription for easing the European debt crisis has been challenged by both hard-hit southern countries and the more affluent north, most particularly French President Francois Hollande.”
Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff took second place on this years list, with Melinda Gates, Michelle Obama in third and fourth place. Hillary Clinton, who took the number two spot last year dropped down to number five.
Merkel and the 99 other women selected by Forbes “go beyond the traditional taxonomy of the power elite (political and economic might)” and are considered change-agents who are “shifting our very idea of clout and authority and, in the process, transforming the world in fresh and exhilarating ways.”
Below is a list of the top 10 Most Powerful Women. For the complete list of women, check out the Forbes List online or pick up a copy of the magazine on newsstands soon.
Forbes 10 Most Powerful Women
- Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
- Dilma Rousseff – President, Brazil
- Melinda Gates – Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Michelle Obama – First Lady, United States
- Hillary Clinton – Former US Secretary of State
- Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
- Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, IMF
- Janet Napolitano – US Homeland Security Secretary
- Sonia Gandhi – President, Indian National Congress
- Indra Nooyi – CEO, PepsiCo