The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

The Who Matter Most

They are politicians, CEOs, bankers, cultural icons, billionaires and entrepreneurs. A fresh look at power as reach and influence.

Rank Name Age Country Category
1 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel


57 Germany Politics
2 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

64 United States Politics
3 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff


64 Brazil Politics
4 Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Chief Executive, PepsiCo

56 United States Business
5 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook

42 United States Business
6 Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Cofounder, Cochair, Bill &

47 United States Non-Profit
7 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi


65 India Politics
8 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

First Lady

48 United States Politics
9 Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

56 France Non-Profit
10 Irene Rosenfeld

Irene Rosenfeld

CEO, Kraft Foods

58 United States Business
11 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga


25 United States Celebrity/Lifestyle
12 Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Executive Editor, NY Times

57 United States Media
13 Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services

63 United States Politics
14 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Media Personality

58 United States Media
15 Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Security

54 United States Politics
16 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

SVP, Advertising, Google

43 United States Business
17 Cristina Fernandez

Cristina Fernandez


58 Argentina Politics
18 Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles

Entertainer, Designer

30 United States Celebrity/Lifestyle
19 Georgina Rinehart

Georgina Rinehart

Mining Tycoon

57 Australia Billionaire
20 Cher Wang

Cher Wang

Cofounder, Chair, HTC; VIA Technologies

53 Taiwan Business
21 Margaret Hamburg

Margaret Hamburg

Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

56 United States Politics
22 Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

Presidential Candidate

55 United States Politics
23 Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister

50 Australia Politics
24 Mary Schapiro

Mary Schapiro

Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission

56 United States Politics
25 Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney

Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks; President, Disney-ABC Television Group

54 United States Business
26 Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

General Secretary, National League For Democracy

66 Burma Politics
27 Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

CEO, Xerox

53 United States Business
28 Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal

Co-Chair, Sony Pictures

53 United States Business
29 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Actress, Humanitarian

36 United States Celebrity/Lifestyle
30 Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

Executive Director, UN World Food Programme

57 United States Non-Profit
31 Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Editor-In-Chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

61 United States Media
32 Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly

CEO, Westpac Group

55 Australia Business
33 Chan Laiwa

Chan Laiwa & family

Chair, Fu Wah International Group

71 China Billionaire
34 Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Political Commentator

47 United States Celebrity/Lifestyle
35 Cynthia Carroll

Cynthia Carroll

CEO, Anglo American

55 United States Business
36 Helene Gayle

Helene Gayle


57 United States Non-Profit
37 Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz

CEO, Yahoo!

63 United States Business
38 Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman

CEO, Dupont

56 United States Business
39 Jin Sook Chang

Jin Sook Chang

Cofounder, Chief Merchandising Officer, Forever 21

49 United States Business
40 Safra Catz

Safra Catz

President, Oracle

50 United States Business
41 Angela Braly

Angela Braly

CEO, Wellpoint

50 United States Business
42 Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

VP, Local, Maps & Location Services, Google

36 United States Business
43 Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar


50 India Business
44 Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

News Achor, This Week

54 United States Media
45 Patricia Woertz

Patricia Woertz

CEO, Archer Daniels Midland

58 United States Business
46 Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

CEO, Sunoco

55 United States Business
47 Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer

News Anchor, World News

66 United States Media
48 Zhang Xin

Zhang Xin & family

Cofounder, CEO, SOHO China

46 China Business
49 Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II


85 United Kingdom Politics
50 Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Administrator, UN Development Programme

61 New Zealand Non-Profit
51 Helen Boaden

Helen Boaden

Director, BBC News Group

55 United Kingdom Media
52 Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, House of Representatives

71 United States Politics
53 Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Queen Rania Al Abdullah


41 Jordan Politics
54 Bonnie Hammer

Bonnie Hammer

Chairman, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, NBCU

62 United States Business
55 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Talk Show Host

54 United States Celebrity/Lifestyle
56 Katie Jacobs Stanton

Katie Jacobs Stanton

VP, International Strategy, Twitter

42 United States Business
57 Shari Arison

Shari Arison

Heiress, Philanthropist

54 Israel Billionaire
58 Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts

CEO, Burberry

51 United States Business
59 Yingluck Shinawatra

Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister

44 Thailand Politics
60 Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel, Environmentalist

31 Brazil Celebrity/Lifestyle
61 Joanne (J.K.) Rowling

Joanne (J.K.) Rowling


46 United Kingdom Celebrity/Lifestyle
62 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf


73 Liberia Politics
63 Lubna S. Olayan

Lubna S. Olayan

CEO, Olayan Financing Company

56 Saudi Arabia Business
64 Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung

CEO, Avon

53 United States Business
65 Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Managing Director, World Bank

49 Indonesia Non-Profit
66 Ann Curry

Ann Curry

Coanchor, TODAY show

55 United States Media
67 Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck

President, Global Wealth and Investment Management, Bank of America

47 United States Business
68 Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan

Director-General, World Health Organization

64 China Non-Profit
69 Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue

62 United States Media
70 Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

President, Fidelity Investments

50 United States Business
71 Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

67 United States Non-Profit
72 Ho Ching

Ho Ching

CEO, Temasek Holdings

59 Singapore Business
73 Carol Meyrowitz

Carol Meyrowitz

CEO, TJX Companies

57 United States Business
74 Mary Callahan Erdoes

Mary Callahan Erdoes

CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

44 United States Business
75 Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren

Host, On the Record

57 United States Media
76 Mary Barra

Mary Barra

SVP, Global Product Development, General Motors

50 United States Business
77 Ana Patricia Botin

Ana Patricia Botin

CEO, Santander UK

51 Spain Business
78 Guler Sabanci

Guler Sabanci & family

Chair, Sabanci Holding

57 Turkey Business
79 Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada

Chair, Head Designer, Prada Group

62 Italy Business
80 Denise Morrison

Denise Morrison

CEO, Campbell Soup Company

58 United States Business
81 Tina Brown

Tina Brown

Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast, Newsweek

58 United States Media
82 Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

SVP, Group Executive Sales, Marketing and Strategy , IBM

54 United States Business
83 Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

President, Harvard University

64 United States Non-Profit
84 Sheri McCoy

Sheri McCoy

Vice Chair Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson

53 United States Business
85 Alice Walton

Alice Walton

Heiress, Art Patron

62 United States Billionaire
86 Laura Chinchilla

Laura Chinchilla


52 Costa Rica Politics
87 Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Finance Minister

57 Nigeria Politics
88 Sue Naegle

Sue Naegle

President, HBO Entertainment

42 United States Business
89 Mindy Grossman

Mindy Grossman


54 United States Business
90 Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat

CFO, Morgan Stanley

54 United States Business
91 Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

CEO, Diane Von Furstenberg Studio

65 United States Business
92 Jan Fields

Jan Fields

President, McDonald’s USA

56 United States Business
93 Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos

Group CEO, Absa Group Banks

52 South Africa Business
94 Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino

CEO, Pearson

65 United States Business
95 Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

57 United States Non-Profit
96 Beth Mooney

Beth Mooney

CEO, KeyCorp

57 United States Business
97 Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita

CEO, ArcelorMittal South Africa

52 South Africa Business
98 Dominique Senequier

Dominique Senequier

CEO, AXA Private Equity

58 France Business
99 Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Founder, Chair, Biocon

58 India Business
100 Beth Brooke

Beth Brooke

Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young

52 United States Business

Source: Forbes

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  • Regina Vic Mintah

    The women are all from the G-20 States. There are other powerful and renowed women in Africa too. for example the first female of Liberia President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson.Or did I miss that? If not then include her please.I am sure there are others in other countries too. Will keep eraching Bye

    • So many factors determines the rank… The fact that she is a political head does not mean she she should be included among the most powerful. Liberia itself does not have much influence even in it corner of West Africa. We are talking globally here, economy size, finance, population, resources etc that can affect the world in general. When you are borrowing all the time and unable to pay your debts talk less of even feeding tiny half of your population how on Earth do you want to be included as one of the most powerful?

  • arash

    propaganda for US?

    very misleading and unreliable

    • You think so? Unfortunate we do not do any propaganda here at… we say it as its. This a proudly Ghanaian website purposely for website designing and sharing personal/general views on issues around us not a political tool. Thanks anyway for sharing your views.

      • I have enjoyed knowing who is who in the world and I believe the assessment is professional. I would like to do a similar profile of most powerful women in my country and need a criteria to use for the profiling. I know finance is important but not many will tell one how much they make like its such a personal question to ask one. So what indicators do I look for? I am a gender activist. Thanks for your reply. I did not see Sirleaf and I respect her.

  • white man

    If the celebrity is alive, do we need every bit of information about their life to be our public knowledge?

    If the celebrity is dead, would it be more appropriate to have a moment of silence in order to honor their death?


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