Who are the most powerful women in the world?
Forbes released the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list today, and here are the top 10.
Women in politics have topped this year’s Forbes’ 100 most influential women list. From an initial pool of 300 candidates, the list of billionaires, celebrities and philanthropists – as well as business, finance, media, political and technological powers – has been whittled down to just 100.
Forbes assesses the financial resources (or their country’s GDP) controlled by each person, and tally it with their media presence, sphere of influence and impact to see which women rule the world. And here’s who made it into the top 10…
1. Angela Merkel
German Chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, CDU, Angela Merkel
The German Chancellor has retained the top spot for the fifth consecutive year, thanks to her work on several pressing, global issues, including the migrant crisis, Russian sanctions and Eurozone.
2. Hillary Clinton US Secretary of State
In two years, Clinton could be the most powerful woman in the world if she secures victory in the US elections. But as a senator, secretary of state and influential personality, she ranks in at number two.
3. Melinda Gates
Philanthropist Melinda Gates participates in AOL’s BUILD Speaker Series at AOL Studios
The American businessperson ‘cemented her dominance in philanthropy and global development to the tune of $3.9 billion in giving in 2014′, and can impact giving worldwide with her targeted campaigns and data-driven monitoring.
4. Janet Yellen
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen
As the first female head of the Federal Reserve, Yellen is in control of the supply of money, interest rates and regulates private banks.
5. Mary Barra
General Motors CEO Mary Barra listens as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington
The CEO of General Motors survived a tough first year, but has now begun making GM ‘more disciplined financially’ and hopes to turn Cadillac into a global luxury brand.
6. Christine Lagarde
International Monetary Fund, IMF, managing director Christine Lagarde
As managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Lagarde has supported efforts to increase the female labour force, in order to reduce poverty and inequality, while changing the way markets are viewed. Lagarde wants emerging markets to be seen as unique locals, rather than single entities, to avoid the potential negative effects of differing monetary policy.
7. Dilma Rousseff Wearing the green-and-gold presidential sash, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff
The president of Brazil may not be popular (her approval ratings have dropped to 13%) but she is still powerful. She had been on track to end poverty in the country, but the economy is now shrinking for the second year in a row.
8. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is interviewed by Megyn Kelly
Author of ‘Lean In’ and COO of Facebook, this Harvard MBA graduate has also worked for Google and the Treasury. Sandberg was widowed in May this year when her husband, Dave Goldberg, died of a head trauma after falling from a treadmill.
9. Susan Wojcicki
As CEO of Google-owned YouTube, Wojcicki is trying to make certain that it profits from every video by supporting celebrities and helping media companies make the most of the site.
10. Michelle Obama
First lady Michelle Obama gestures as she speaks at the Women Veterans Career Development Forum at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington
It isn’t just her husband who has power in the White House: Mrs Obama is behind initiatives to get more girls educated, ending homelessness among military veterans and ensuring school children get a good lunch.
I would just like to add one more woman to this list and one who some people may not be familiar with, namely Dalia Grybauskaitė. Born 1 March 1956 she is the President of Lithuania, inaugurated on 12 July 2009 and re-elected in May 2014. She is the country’s first female President and the first to be elected for a second term. She was Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance, also European Commissioner for Financial Programming and the Budget from 2004 to 2009. She is often referred to as the “Iron Lady” or the “Steel Magnolia”.
Moreover, she has had the will to stand up to Putins aggression and on 20 November 2014, Grybauskaite called the Russian Federation (quote) “…a terrorist nation that should be stopped…”. This has been supported by the parliament and Lithuanian media, including being generally accepted as Lithuanian national opinion. Following this statement, the relations between Russian Federation and Lithuania have descended to new lows.
Lietuva may be a relatively small country with a tiny population of just over 3 million people but they are fiercely proud of their independence and in President Grybauskaite they appear to have a resolute leader willing to stand up to the posturing President Putin.
So she is my number 11 in the the list.