Last week Forbes Magazine released their annual “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list, which is meant to be a “guide to the extraordinary icons and leaders, groundbreakers and ceiling crashers who command the world stage”, and Angela Merkel held on to the number one spot once again this year, making it the fourth year in a row for the German Chancellor.
While this marks the fourth straight year that Merkel has come in as the number one most powerful woman, in the 11 years that Forbes has compiled the list, she has taken the top spot nine times.
Forbes cites Merkel’s sweeping reelection victory last fall, her strength during the recent revelations of the NSA wiretapping controversy and her continued efforts as a crucial ally to the U.S. on global issues around the crisis in Ukraine despite the obvious tensions as reasoning to keep her in the top spot on their list.
Janet Yellen, the recently appointed chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, came in on the list right behind Merkel, making it her first appearance on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list.
Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, said in a statement that these “impressive women from around the world continue to make a dramatic, lasting impact on our global footprint and in all aspects of our lives”.
We’ve included the Top 10 Most Powerful Women below, and for the complete list, check out the Forbes list in the source list below.
Forbes 10 Most Powerful Women
- Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany
- Janet Yellen – Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank
- Melinda Gates – Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Dilma Rousseff – President, Brazil
- Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, IMF
- Hillary Clinton – Former US Secretary of State
- Mary Barra – CEO, General Motors
- Michelle Obama – First Lady, United States
- Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook
- Virginia Rometty – CEO, IBM