Forbes announced its annual list of the
one hundred most powerful women in the
world. Although the list occasionally
includes prominent celebrities, the criteria
upon which the list is based depends more
on influence rather than wealth or power.
an attempt to make the most complete list
possible, Forbes looked to international
government leaders, major non-profit organizations,
and major corporations to find women and
rate them based on media visibility as
well as the size of the organization or
country they run.
the top of this year's list is Angela
Merkel, the German Chancellor. This is
Merkel's fourth consecutive year at the
No. 1 spot on Forbes' list and she also
happens to be up for reelection in September
of 2009. She made the number one spot
for leading the fourth-largest economic
power in the world and her continued influence
over an ever-growing number of people.
Bair, who ranked second in 2008, retained
her No. 2 position on the 2009 list. As
the Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation, Bair presided over the US
bank bailouts over the last year and oversaw
77 bank takeovers.
third position on the list of 100 most
powerful women went to Indra Nooyi, chief
Executive of PepsiCo. Other top ranks
also went to CEOs; Cynthia Carroll of
Anglo American and Irene Rosenfeld of
Kraft Foods took fourth and sixth respectively.
Ching, the fifth most powerful woman on
Forbes' list, leads Singapore's sovereign
wealth fund, Tamasek, which, under her
guidance, has delivered incredible annual
returns of 18%.
addition to all the returning women on
this year's list, there are also a few
new ones. The new Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor is the third woman and
first Hispanic to hold a seat on the Supreme
Court and ranked No. 55 on Forbes' list
as a result. Other US political influences
include First Lady Michelle Obama who
ranked No. 40 for her work in supporting
working women, Janet Napolitano, the Homeland
Security Secretary (No. 51) and Health
and Human Services Secretary Kathleen
Sebelius (No. 57).
list is full of international women in
political leadership roles. Iceland's
new prime minister, Johanna Sigurdardottir
ranked at No. 75 and Queen Rania of Jordan,
perhaps the most highly regarded woman
in the Middle East, came in at No. 76.
dotted the list, too, with Carol Bartz,
CEO of Yahoo! coming in at number 12 and
Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox and the first
African-American woman to head a major
US publicly-traded company, came in at
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, Anglo American
Chief executive, Temasek Holdings
Chairman, chief executive, Kraft
Chief executive, DuPont
Chief executive, president, WellPoint
Chief executive, Areva
Chief executive, Sunoco
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