Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Since 2004, the American business magazine Forbes compiled an annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. It is edited by notable Forbes journalists, including Moira Forbes, and is based on visibility and economic impact. Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel was at the top spot from 2006 to 2020, with the exception of 2010, where she was temporarily supplanted by then U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama. The top 10 each year are listed below. There were at least six Americans every year except for 2007, when there were five.

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Angela Merkel was ranked the most powerful woman 14 times

2022Edit

  1.   Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  2.   Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
  3.   Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States
  4.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  5.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  6.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7.   Giorgia Meloni, Prime Minister of Italy
  8.   Karen Lynch, CEO of CVS Health
  9.   Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture
  10.   Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup[1]


2021Edit

  1.   MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist
  2.   Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States
  3.   Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
  4.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  5.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  6.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  7.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander
  8.   Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  9.   Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan
  10.   Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture

2020Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
  3.   Kamala Harris, Vice President-elect of the United States
  4.   Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  5.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  6.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  7.   Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  8.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander
  9.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  10.   Gail Koziara Boudreaux, CEO of Anthem[2]

2019Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank
  3.   Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
  4.   Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  5.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  8.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander
  9.   Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
  10.   Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin[3]

2018Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  3.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  4.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  5.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  6.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7.   Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  8.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander
  9.   Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin
  10.   Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM[4]

2017Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  3.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  5.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6.   Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  7.   Abigail Johnson, President-CEO of Fidelity Investments
  8.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  9.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander
  10.   Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM[5]

2016Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, United States presidential candidate
  3.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve
  4.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  7.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  8.   Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  9.   Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  10.   Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander[6]

2015Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, United States presidential candidate
  3.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve
  5.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  7.   Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  8.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  9.   Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  10.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States[7]

2014Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve
  3.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4.   Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  5.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  6.   Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State
  7.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  8.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  9.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  10.   Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM[8]

2013Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  3.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  5.   Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  6.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  7.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  8.   Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  9.   Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  10.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo[9]

2012Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  3.   Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  4.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5.   Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of The New York Times
  6.   Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  7.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  8.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  9.   Janet Napolitano, United States Secretary of Homeland Security
  10.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook[10]

2011Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  3.   Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  4.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  5.   Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  6.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  7.   Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  8.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  9.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  10.   Irene Rosenfeld, chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International[11]

2010Edit

  1.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  2.   Irene Rosenfeld, chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  3.   Oprah Winfrey, talk show host on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  4.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  5.   Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  6.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  7.   Lady Gaga, singer, actress and record producer
  8.   Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac
  9.   Beyoncé Knowles, singer, actress and record producer
  10.   Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host on The Ellen DeGeneres Show[12]

2009Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Sheila Bair, Chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  3.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  4.   Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  5.   Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  6.   Irene Rosenfeld, chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  7.   Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont
  8.   Angela Braly, President-CEO of Anthem
  9.   Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  10.   Lynn Elsenhans, chairperson, CEO and President of Sunoco[13]

2008Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Sheila Bair, Chair of the U.S. Deposit Insurance Corporation
  3.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  4.   Angela Braly, President-CEO of Anthem
  5.   Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  6.   Irene Rosenfeld, chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  7.   Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  8.   Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  9.   Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  10.   Anne Mulcahy, chairperson and CEO of Xerox[14]

2007Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3.   Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  4.   Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  5.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  6.   Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  7.   Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  8.   Patricia Woertz, President-CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
  9.   Irene Rosenfeld, chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  10.   Patricia Russo, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent[15]

2006Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  3.   Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  4.   Indra Nooyi, chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  5.   Anne Mulcahy, chairperson and CEO of Xerox
  6.   Sallie Krawcheck, CFO of Citigroup
  7.   Patricia Woertz, President-CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
  8.   Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  9.   Brenda Barnes, President-CEO of Sara Lee
  10.   Zoe Cruz, co-president of Morgan Stanley[16]

2005Edit

  1.   Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  2.   Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3.   Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
  4.   Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
  5.   Meg Whitman, President-CEO of eBay
  6.   Anne Mulcahy, chairperson and CEO of Xerox
  7.   Sallie Krawcheck, CFO of Citigroup
  8.   Brenda Barnes, President-CEO of Sara Lee
  9.   Oprah Winfrey, talk show host on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  10.   Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[17]

2004Edit

  1.   Condoleezza Rice, United States National Security Advisor
  2.   Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3.   Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  4.   Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States
  5.   Hillary Clinton, United States Senator
  6.   Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  7.   Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  8.   Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of Indonesia
  9.   Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
  10.   Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard[18]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "World's Most Powerful Women 2020". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
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  10. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 22, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2012". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  11. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 24, 2011). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women: This Year It's All About Reach". Forbes.com. Archived from the original on April 13, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
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  16. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 31, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "The Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
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