Forbes has once again compiled their list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and despite her declining popularity at home, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held on to her number one spot for the sixth year in a row, keeping presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her number two spot on the list.
According to Forbes, four key factors are taken into account when compiling the list: money, media presence, influence and impact.
The reason why Merkel continues to hold on to the top spot as the Most Powerful Woman of the Year, according to Forbes is:
If there is a single leader able to defy existential economic and political challenges to the European Union, from edges and core, it has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her successes on the one hand to convince ailing EU brethren such as Greece and Spain to aspire to German fiscal and legal logic, and on the other hand to persuade Germany’s own constituents and political egos to buy in to her solutions, is illustrated by a European Union that in 2016 remains standing.
Merkel seems to continue rising to the top of many lists, including TIME’s Person of the Year, but with her political future up in the air, will she be making room at the top for Hillary in 2017?
The woman making up the Top 10 include:
- Angela Merkel
- Hillary Clinton
- Janet Yellen
- Melinda Gates
- Mary Barra
- Christine Lagarde
- Sheryl Sandberg
- Susan Wojcicki
- Meg Whitman
- Ana Patricia Botín