Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

Angela Merkel, consistently ranked as Forbes' most powerful woman
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Since 2004, Forbes has compiled a 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. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained at the top spot since 2006, with the brief exception of 2010 where she was temporarily supplanted by then U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

2019 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, and President of the European Central Bank
  3.   Nancy Pelosi, 52nd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
  4.   Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
  5.   Mary T. 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[1]

2018 (top 10 selection)Edit

  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[2]

2017 (top 10 selection)Edit

  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[3]

2016 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, Presidential candidate of the United States
  3.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  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[4]

2015 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Hillary Clinton, Presidential candidate of the United States
  3.   Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  5.   Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6.   Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, 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[5]

2014 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  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[6]

2013 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2.   Dilma Rousseff, 36th 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,[7] Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

2012 (top 10 selection)Edit

  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,[8] COO of Facebook

2011 (top 10 selection)Edit

  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 Chief Executive Officer 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,[9] Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Mondelēz International

2010 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  2.   Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader
  3.   Oprah Winfrey The Oprah Winfrey Show
  4.   Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  5.   Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  6.   Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo
  7.   Lady Gaga
  8.   Gail Kelly
  9.   Beyoncé Knowles
  10.   Ellen DeGeneres[10]

2009 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel
  2.   Sheila Bair
  3.   Indra Nooyi
  4.   Cynthia Carroll
  5.   Ho Ching
  6.   Irene Rosenfeld
  7.   Ellen Kullman
  8.   Angela Braly
  9.   Anne Lauvergeon
  10.   Lynn Elsenhans[11]

2008 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel
  2.   Sheila Bair
  3.   Indra Nooyi
  4.   Angela Braly
  5.   Cynthia Carroll
  6.   Irene Rosenfeld
  7.   Condoleezza Rice
  8.   Ho Ching
  9.   Anne Lauvergeon
  10.   Anne Mulcahy[12]

2007 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel
  2.   Wu Yi
  3.   Ho Ching
  4.   Condoleezza Rice
  5.   Indra Nooyi
  6.   Sonia Gandhi
  7.   Cynthia Carroll
  8.   Patricia Woertz
  9.   Irene Rosenfeld
  10.   Patricia Russo[13]

2006 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Angela Merkel
  2.   Condoleezza Rice
  3.   Wu Yi
  4.   Indra Nooyi
  5.   Anne Mulcahy
  6.   Sallie Krawcheck
  7.   Patricia Woertz
  8.   Anne Lauvergeon
  9.   Brenda Barnes
  10.   Zoe Cruz[14]

2005 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Condoleezza Rice
  2.   Wu Yi
  3.   Yulia Tymoshenko
  4.   Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  5.   Margaret Whitman
  6.   Anne Mulcahy
  7.   Sallie Krawcheck
  8.   Brenda Barnes
  9.   Oprah Winfrey
  10.   Melinda Gates[15]

2004 (top 10 selection)Edit

  1.   Condoleezza Rice
  2.   Wu Yi
  3.   Sonia Gandhi
  4.   Laura Bush
  5.   Hillary Clinton
  6.   Sandra Day O'Connor
  7.   Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  8.   Megawati Sukarnoputri
  9.   Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  10.   Carly Fiorina[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "World's Most Powerful Women". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  2. ^ "The World's Most Powerful Women 2018". Forbes. December 4, 2018. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ Howard, Caroline (November 2, 2017). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women In 2017". Forbes. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "The World's Most Powerful Women 2016". Forbes. June 7, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 26, 2015). "The World's Most Powerful Women 2015". Forbes. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 28, 2014). "The World's Most Powerful Women 2014". Forbes. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 22, 2013). "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 22, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2012". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  9. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 24, 2011). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women: This Year It's All About Reach". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  10. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women: November 2010". Forbes.com. October 5, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Donner, Francesca (August 19, 2009). "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Egan, Mary Ellen; Schoenberger, Chana R. (August 27, 2008). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 30, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 31, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "The Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ MacDonald, Elizabeth; Schoenberger, Chana R. (August 20, 2004). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.

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