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The Forbes List of the Most Powerful Women in the World ...

By Neecey

Forbes magazine produces a fair few lists every year. They rank the rich, the influential, the risers and the losers, the best, the greatest ... I eagerly await the list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World. Here is 2015's Top 50.

Table of contents:

  1. Angela merkel
  2. Hillary clinton
  3. Melinda gates
  4. Janet yellen
  5. Mary barra
  6. Christine lagarde
  7. Dilma rousseff
  8. Sheryl sandberg
  9. Susan wojcicki
  10. Michelle obama
  11. Park geun-hye
  12. Oprah winfrey
  13. Ginni rometty
  14. Meg whitman
  15. Indra nooyi
  16. Christina fernandez de kirchner
  17. Irene rosenfeld
  18. Ana patricia botin
  19. Abigail johnson
  20. Marillyn hewson
  21. Beyoncé knowles
  22. Marissa mayer
  23. Safra catz
  24. Angela ahrendts
  25. Ellen kullman
  26. Michelle bachelet
  27. Anna wintour
  28. Ursula burns
  29. Arundhati bhattacharya
  30. Sri mulyani indrawati
  31. Ruth porat
  32. Lucy peng
  33. Loretta lynch
  34. Chanda kochhar
  35. Federica mogherini
  36. Gina rinehart
  37. Nancy pelosi
  38. Adena friedman
  39. Ewa kopacz
  40. Queen elizabeth ii
  41. Sheikha lubna al qasimi
  42. Ho ching
  43. Laurene powell jobs
  44. Renée james
  45. Drew gilpin faust
  46. Ertharin cousin
  47. Ngozi okonjo-iweala
  48. Samantha power
  49. Ellen degeneres

1 Angela Merkel

Politician
Chancellor of Germany

2 Hillary Clinton

Politician
Presidential Candidate

3 Melinda Gates

Philanthropist
Co chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4 Janet Yellen

Financial Guru
Chair, Federal Reserve

5 Mary Barra

Businesswoman
CEO, General Motors

6 Christine Lagarde

Businesswoman
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

7 Dilma Rousseff

Politician
President of Brazil

8 Sheryl Sandberg

Technology Guru
COO, Facebook

9 Susan Wojcicki

Technology Guru
CEO, Google, YouTube

10 Michelle Obama

Politician
First Lady, United States

11 Park Geun-Hye

Politician
President of South Korea

12 Oprah Winfrey

Media Personality
Everything Oprah

13 Ginni Rometty

Businesswoman
CEO, IBM

14 Meg Whitman

Businesswoman
CEO, Hewlett-Packard

15 Indra Nooyi

Businesswoman
CEO, PepsiCo

16 Christina Fernandez De Kirchner

Politician
President of Argentina

17 Irene Rosenfeld

Businesswoman
CEO, Mondelēz International

18 Ana Patricia Botin

Businesswoman
Chairwoman of Santander Group

19 Abigail Johnson

Businesswoman
President-CEO, Fidelity Investment

20 Marillyn Hewson

Businesswoman
CEO, Lockheed Martin

21 Beyoncé Knowles

Celebrity
Entertainer and entrepreneur

22 Marissa Mayer

Businesswoman
CEO, Yahoo

24 Safra Catz

Businesswoman
Co-CEO, Oracle

25 Angela Ahrendts

Businesswoman
SVP Retail, Apple

26 Ellen Kullman

Businesswoman
CEO, El du Pont de Nemours

27 Michelle Bachelet

Politician
President of Chile

28 Anna Wintour

Fashion Guru
Artistic Director, Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

29 Ursula Burns

Businesswoman
Chair-CEO, Xerox

30 Arundhati Bhattacharya

Businesswoman
Chair-Managing Director, State Bank of India

31 Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Philanthropist
Managing Director, World Bank

32 Ruth Porat

Businesswoman
CFO, Google

33 Lucy Peng

Businesswoman
CEO, Ant Financial Services, Alibaba Group

34 Loretta Lynch

Politician
Attorney General, United States

35 Chanda Kochhar

Businesswoman
CEO-Managing Director, ICICI Bank

36 Federica Mogherini

Politician
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union

37 Gina Rinehart

Businesswoman
Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting

38 Nancy Pelosi

Politician
Minority Leader, House of Representatives, U.S.A

39 Adena FRIEDMAN

Financial Guru
Co-president, NASDAQ OMX Group

40 Ewa Kopacz

Politician
Prime Minister of Poland

41 Queen Elizabeth II

Monarch
Head of State of UK

42 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Politician
Minister of International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates

43 Ho Ching

Businesswoman
CEO, Temasek

44 Laurene Powell Jobs

Businesswoman
Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective

45 Renée James

Businesswoman
President of Intel

46 Drew Gilpin Faust

Philanthropist
President, Harvard University

47 Ertharin Cousin

Philanthropist
Executive Director, World Food Program, United Nations

48 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Politician
Minister of Finance, Nigeria

49 Samantha Power

Politician
Ambassador, U.S. Permanent Representative, UN, United States

50 Ellen Degeneres

Entertainer
All round fab celebrity

Two things I really like about the list. One, there are 19 newcomers in 2015, which means extra diversity and an implication that women are certainly not standing still. And two, did you notice how many of these women head up tech giants? That can only be a great thing, right? In a world where we are so reliant on technology, knowing there are women steering such a successful course is fabulous.

You can read the full list here: forbes.com. There's a profile of each lady if you want to know more.

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