year Forbes introduces the most powerful
women in the world. While some of these
individuals hold politcal positions, others
manage multi-billion dollar companies,
and almost all of them influence millions
of people every day.
No. 1 spot on Forbes 100 most powerful
women in 2008 goes to German Chancellor
Merkel for the third year in a row.
Her power covers both media coverage and
the German government. Sheila Bair, the
chairman for the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC), ranks second on the
ranks these powerful women based on a
series of quantitative factors ranging
from media coverage to financial influence.
The amount of money a woman controls is
a major factor and is judged based on
the finances over which she reigns. Changes
in governments and corporations cause
fluctuations in individual ranks every
Clinton may have little influence
over international finance, but she has
ranked 28 on Forbes list (three spots
than 2007) as a result of the media
coverage from the US presidential bid.
Cyntia Caroll, on the other hand, has
had little international media coverage
but is ranked fifth on the list for her
executive role with Anglo-American, a
mining company, and her control and influence
over the company's finances.
a little over half the women are based
in the United States, other countries
have gained ground in representation on
Forbes' list. Five women come from the
U.K., four from China, and three each
from France, India, and the Netherlands.
And, for the first time, Morocco is represented
on the list by Hynd Bouhia, the director-general
of the Casablanca Stock Exhange. ranked
names on the list include talkshow
host Oprah Winfrey at No. 36 (U.S.),
Westpac Bank director Gail Kelly at No.
11 (Australia), Ukraine's prime minister
Yulia Tymoshenko at No. 17, Gate's
Foundation head Melinda
Gates at No. 40 (U.S.), and the Prime
Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark at
from the U.K., Germany, the U.S., Singapore,
and France fill out the top ten on Forbes'
list and range from political leaders
to business executives
Below is a listing of the top ten most
powerful women in the world ranked by
the Forbes business magazine.
Sheila C. Bair
Indra K. Nooyi
Irene B. Rosenfeld
Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance
Chairman, chief executive, PepsiCo
Chief executive, president, WellPoint
Chief executive, Anglo American
Chairman, chief executive, Kraft
Secretary of state
Chief executive, Temasek Holdings
Chief executive, Areva
Chairman, chief executive, Xerox
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