Bad news Brits. According to Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, only two British women wield mega-power in the world. The Queen dropped from 26 to 40 on the list and the Harry Potter author JK Rowling tumbled from 78 to 93.
German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list for the third successive year with Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff coming in second. Melinda Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation coming in third.
The world’s top politicians dominated the list with nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.8tn taking up top spots. While Michelle Obama climbed three places to reach fourth, Hilary Clinton came in fifth.
This index, that ranks the women based on their wealth and media presence, saw a lot of tech titans and entertainment stars.
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg came in sixth, IBM chief executive Virginia Rometty in 12th and recently appointed Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer in 32nd.
Beyonce came in 17th w Angelina Jolie in 37th, and Lady Gaga in 45th after dropping 31 places.
Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman, said, “This year’s Power Women exert influence in very different ways, and to very different ends, and all with very different impacts on the global community.
“Whether leading multibillion-dollar companies, governing countries, shaping the cultural fabric of our lives or spearheading humanitarian initiatives, collectively these women are changing the planet in profoundly powerful and dynamic ways.”
The top 10 most-powerful women in the world
1. Angela Merkel, German chancellor
2. Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil
3. Melinda Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4. Michelle Obama, US First Lady
5. Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state
6. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
7. Christine Lagarde, managing director, IMF
8. Janet Napolitano, US homeland security secretary
9. Sonia Gandhi, president, Indian National Congress party
10. Indra Nooyi, CEO, PepsiCo
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