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Forbes World's Most Powerful Women List

Each year, Forbes Magazine unveils several lists detailing who they believe are the most wealthy, powerful and influential. The company has just released their much-anticipated 2013 Forbes World's Most Powerful Women list, which celebrates a number of women in various fields, including CEOS, politicians, philanthropists and celebrities.

Forbes describes the list as:

“Our annual snapshot of the 100 women with the most impact are top politicians and CEOs, activist billionaires and celebrities who matter. In roughly equal measure you'll find next gen entrepreneurs and media mavens, technologists and leaders in philanthropy — all ranked by dollars, media momentum and impact”

And the winners are…

    1. Angela Merkel (Chancellor, Germany)
    2. Dilma Rousseff (President, Brazil)
    3. Melinda Gates (Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)
    4. Michelle Obama (First Lady, United States)
    5. Hillary Clinton (Personality, Philanthropist)
    6. Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook)
    7. Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, International Monetary Fund)
    8. Janet Napolitano (Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, United States)
    9. Sonia Gandhi (President, Indian National Congress, India)
    10. Indra Nooyi (CEO, PepsiCo)
    11. Park Geun-hye (President, South Korea)
    12. Virgina Rometty (CEO, IBM)
    13. Oprah Winfrey (Entrepreneur, Personality)
    14. Ursula Burns (Chairman and CEO, Xerox)
    15. Meg Whitman (CEO, Hewlett-Packard)
    16. Georgina Rinehart (Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting)
    17. Beyoncé Knowles (Actress, Entrepreneur, Musician)
    18. Maria das Gracas Silva Foster (CEO, Petrobras)
    19. Jill Abramson (Executive Editor, New York Times Co.)
    20. Irene Rosenfeld (CEO, Mondelez International)
    21. Helen Clark (Administrator, U.N. Development Programme)
    22. Nancy Pelosi (Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, United States)
    23. Safra Catz (CFO, Oracle)
    24. Anne Sweeney (Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, and President, Disney/ABC Television Group, Walt Disney)
    25. Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, United States)
    26. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (President, Argentina)
    27. Sheri McCoy (CEO, Avon Products)
    28. Julia Gillard (Prime Minister, Australia)
    29. Aung San Suu Kyi (Chair and Parliamentarian, National League for Democracy, Burma)
    30. Susan Wojcicki (Senior Vice President, Google)
    31. Yingluck Shinawatra (Prime Minister, Thailand)
    32. Marissa Mayer (CEO, Yahoo)
    33. Margaret Chan (Director-General, World Health Organization)
    34. Marillyn Hewson (CEO, Lockheed Martin)
    35. Mary Barra (SVP, Global Product Development, General Motors)
    36. Amy Pascal (Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony)
    37. Angelina Jolie (Actress, Philanthropist)
    38. Sofia Vergara (Actress, Entrepreneur)
    39. Laurene Powell Jobs & family (Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective)
    40. Queen Elizabeth II (Monarch, United Kingdom)
    41. Anna Wintour (Editor-in-Chief, Vogue, Conde Nast Publications, Inc.)
    42. Ellen Kullman (Chairman and CEO, El du Pont de Nemours)
    43. Drew Gilpin Faust (President, Harvard University)
    44. Rosalind Brewer (President and CEO, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart Stores)
    45. Lady Gaga (Musician, Philanthropist)
    46. Cher Wang (Co-founder and Chair, HTC)
    47. Joyce Banda (President, Malawi)
    48. Wu Yajun & family (Chairman, Longfor Properties)
    49. Ertharin Cousin (Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations)
    50. Zhang Xin & family (Cofounder, CEO, Soho China)
    51. Ellen DeGeneres (Comedian, Personality, Philanthropist)
    52. Shakira Mebarak (Musician, Personality, Philanthropist)
    53. Angela Ahrendts (CEO, Burberry Group)
    54. Liyuan Peng (First Lady, China)
    55. Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Managing Director, World Bank)
    56. Arianna Huffington (Editor-In-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group, AOL)
    57. Padmasree Warrior (Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco Systems)
    58. Miuccia Prada (Owner, Fashion Designer, Prada)
    59. Margare Hamburg (Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration, United States)
    60. Abigail Johnson (President, Financial Services, Fidelity Investments)
    61. Bonnie Hammer (Chairman, Cable Entertainment Group, NBCUniversal, Comcast)
    62. Gail Kelly (CEO, Westpac Banking Group)
    63. Amy Hood (Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft)
    64. Ho Ching (CEO, Temasek)
    65. Chanda Kochhar (Managing Director and CEO, Icici Bank)
    66. Rosalia Mera (Investor, Philanthropist)
    67. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates)
    68. Helene Gayle (President, CEO, CARE)
    69. Tory Burch (CEO, Tory Burch)
    70. Margarita Louis-Dreyfus (Chairman of Louis Dreyfus, Louis Dreyfus SAS)
    71. Patricia Woertz (Chairman, CEO and President, Archer Daniels Midland)
    72. Mary Jo White (Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission, United States)
    73. Diane Sawyer (Anchor of World News, ABC, Walt Disney)
    74. Diane Von Furstenberg (Owner, Fashion Designer, Diane von Furstenberg Studio, L.P.)
    75. Phebe Novakovic (CEO, General Dynamics)
    76. Sue Naegle (President, HBO Entertainment, Time Warner Cable)
    77. Sun Yafang (Chair, Huawei Technologies)
    78. Fabiola Gianotti (Research Physicist, CERN)
    79. Mary Meeker (General Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
    80. Solina Chau (Director, Li Ka Shing Foundation)
    81. Denise Morrison (President and CEO, Campbell Soup)
    82. Carol Meyrowitz (CEO, TJX Cos)
    83. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Minister of Finance, Nigeria)
    84. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey (President, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
    85. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (Founder, Chair, Biocon Ltd.)
    86. Mary Callahan Erdoes (CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, JPMorgan Chase)
    87. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (President, Liberia)
    88. Weili Dai (Co-founder, Marvell Technology Group Ltd.)
    89. Mindy Grossman (CEO, HSN)
    90. Sara Blakely (Founder, Spanx)
    91. Chua Sock Koong (Group CEO, SingTel)
    92. Lubna S. Olayan (CEO, Olayan Financing Company)
    93. J.K. Rowling (Author)
    94. Guler Sabanci (Chairman and Managing Director, Sabanci Holding)
    95. Gisele Bundchen (Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Supermodel)
    96. Beth Brooke (Global Vice Chair – Public Policy, Ernst & Young)
    97. Greta Van Susteren (Anchor, FOX News, News Corp)
    98. Jennifer Li, CFO, Baidu)
    99. Judith Rodin (President, Rockefeller Foundation)
    100. Lan Yang (Co-owner, Sun Media Group)

 

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