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

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.

1. Angela Merkel

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Politician
Chancellor of Germany

2. Hillary Clinton

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Politician
Presidential Candidate

3. Melinda Gates

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Philanthropist
Co chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4. Janet Yellen

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Financial Guru
Chair, Federal Reserve

5. Mary Barra

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Businesswoman
CEO, General Motors

6. Christine Lagarde

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Businesswoman
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

7. Dilma Rousseff

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Politician
President of Brazil

8. Sheryl Sandberg

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Technology Guru
COO, Facebook

9. Susan Wojcicki

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Technology Guru
CEO, Google, YouTube

10. Michelle Obama

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Politician
First Lady, United States

11. Park Geun-Hye

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Politician
President of South Korea

12. Oprah Winfrey

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Media Personality
Everything Oprah

13. Ginni Rometty

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Businesswoman
CEO, IBM

14. Meg Whitman

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Businesswoman
CEO, Hewlett-Packard

15. Indra Nooyi

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Businesswoman
CEO, PepsiCo

16. Christina Fernandez De Kirchner

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Politician
President of Argentina

17. Irene Rosenfeld

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Businesswoman
CEO, Mondelēz International

18. Ana Patricia Botin

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Businesswoman
Chairwoman of Santander Group

19. Abigail Johnson

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Businesswoman
President-CEO, Fidelity Investment

20. Marillyn Hewson

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Businesswoman
CEO, Lockheed Martin

21. Beyoncé Knowles

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Celebrity
Entertainer and entrepreneur

22. Marissa Mayer

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Businesswoman
CEO, Yahoo

24. Safra Catz

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Businesswoman
Co-CEO, Oracle

25. Angela Ahrendts

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Businesswoman
SVP Retail, Apple

26. Ellen Kullman

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Businesswoman
CEO, El du Pont de Nemours

27. Michelle Bachelet

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Politician
President of Chile

28. Anna Wintour

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Fashion Guru
Artistic Director, Conde Nast Publications, Inc.

29. Ursula Burns

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Businesswoman
Chair-CEO, Xerox

30. Arundhati Bhattacharya

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Businesswoman
Chair-Managing Director, State Bank of India

31. Sri Mulyani Indrawati

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Philanthropist
Managing Director, World Bank

32. Ruth Porat

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Businesswoman
CFO, Google

33. Lucy Peng

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Businesswoman
CEO, Ant Financial Services, Alibaba Group

34. Loretta Lynch

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Politician
Attorney General, United States

35. Chanda Kochhar

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Businesswoman
CEO-Managing Director, ICICI Bank

36. Federica Mogherini

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

37. Gina Rinehart

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Businesswoman
Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting

38. Nancy Pelosi

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

39. Adena FRIEDMAN

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Financial Guru
Co-president, NASDAQ OMX Group

40. Ewa Kopacz

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Politician
Prime Minister of Poland

41. Queen Elizabeth II

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Monarch
Head of State of UK

42. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

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Politician
Minister of International Cooperation and Development, United Arab Emirates

43. Ho Ching

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Businesswoman
CEO, Temasek

44. Laurene Powell Jobs

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Businesswoman
Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective

45. Renée James

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Businesswoman
President of Intel

46. Drew Gilpin Faust

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Philanthropist
President, Harvard University

47. Ertharin Cousin

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Philanthropist
Executive Director, World Food Program, United Nations

48. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

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Politician
Minister of Finance, Nigeria

49. Samantha Power

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

50. Ellen Degeneres

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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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