The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

The Women Who Matter Most

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

1Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel


2Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

64United StatesPolitics
3Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff


4Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Chief Executive, PepsiCo

56United StatesBusiness
5Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook

42United StatesBusiness
6Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Cofounder, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

47United StatesNon-Profit
7Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi


8Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama

First Lady

48United StatesPolitics
9Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

10Irene Rosenfeld

Irene Rosenfeld

CEO, Kraft Foods

58United StatesBusiness
11Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga


25United StatesCelebrity/Lifestyle
12Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson

Executive Editor, NY Times

57United StatesMedia
13Kathleen Sebelius

Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Health and Human Services

63United StatesPolitics
14Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Media Personality

58United StatesMedia
15Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Security

54United StatesPolitics
16Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki

SVP, Advertising, Google

43United StatesBusiness
17Cristina Fernandez

Cristina Fernandez


18Beyoncé Knowles

Beyoncé Knowles

Entertainer, Designer

30United StatesCelebrity/Lifestyle
19Georgina Rinehart

Georgina Rinehart

Mining Tycoon

20Cher Wang

Cher Wang

Cofounder, Chair, HTC; VIA Technologies

21Margaret Hamburg

Margaret Hamburg

Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration

56United StatesPolitics
22Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann

Presidential Candidate

55United StatesPolitics
23Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister

24Mary Schapiro

Mary Schapiro

Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission

56United StatesPolitics
25Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney

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

54United StatesBusiness
26Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

General Secretary, National League For Democracy

27Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns

CEO, Xerox

53United StatesBusiness
28Amy Pascal

Amy Pascal

Co-Chair, Sony Pictures

53United StatesBusiness
29Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Actress, Humanitarian

36United StatesCelebrity/Lifestyle
30Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran

Executive Director, UN World Food Programme

57United StatesNon-Profit
31Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Editor-In-Chief, AOL Huffington Post Media Group

61United StatesMedia
32Gail Kelly

Gail Kelly

CEO, Westpac Group

33Chan Laiwa

Chan Laiwa & family

Chair, Fu Wah International Group

34Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Political Commentator

47United StatesCelebrity/Lifestyle
35Cynthia Carroll

Cynthia Carroll

CEO, Anglo American

55United StatesBusiness
36Helene Gayle

Helene Gayle


57United StatesNon-Profit
37Carol Bartz

Carol Bartz

CEO, Yahoo!

63United StatesBusiness
38Ellen Kullman

Ellen Kullman

CEO, Dupont

56United StatesBusiness
39Jin Sook Chang

Jin Sook Chang

Cofounder, Chief Merchandising Officer, Forever 21

49United StatesBusiness
40Safra Catz

Safra Catz

President, Oracle

50United StatesBusiness
41Angela Braly

Angela Braly

CEO, Wellpoint

50United StatesBusiness
42Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

VP, Local, Maps & Location Services, Google

36United StatesBusiness
43Chanda Kochhar

Chanda Kochhar


44Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour

News Achor, This Week

54United StatesMedia
45Patricia Woertz

Patricia Woertz

CEO, Archer Daniels Midland

58United StatesBusiness
46Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

CEO, Sunoco

55United StatesBusiness
47Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer

News Anchor, World News

66United StatesMedia
48Zhang Xin

Zhang Xin & family

Cofounder, CEO, SOHO China

49Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II


85United KingdomPolitics
50Helen Clark

Helen Clark

Administrator, UN Development Programme

61New ZealandNon-Profit
51Helen Boaden

Helen Boaden

Director, BBC News Group

55United KingdomMedia
52Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi

Democratic Leader, House of Representatives

71United StatesPolitics
53Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Queen Rania Al Abdullah


54Bonnie Hammer

Bonnie Hammer

Chairman, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, NBCU

62United StatesBusiness
55Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres

Talk Show Host

54United StatesCelebrity/Lifestyle
56Katie Jacobs Stanton

Katie Jacobs Stanton

VP, International Strategy, Twitter

42United StatesBusiness
57Shari Arison

Shari Arison

Heiress, Philanthropist

58Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts

CEO, Burberry

51United StatesBusiness
59Yingluck Shinawatra

Yingluck Shinawatra

Prime Minister

60Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen

Supermodel, Environmentalist

61Joanne (J.K.) Rowling

Joanne (J.K.) Rowling


46United KingdomCelebrity/Lifestyle
62Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf


63Lubna S. Olayan

Lubna S. Olayan

CEO, Olayan Financing Company

56Saudi ArabiaBusiness
64Andrea Jung

Andrea Jung

CEO, Avon

53United StatesBusiness
65Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Managing Director, World Bank

66Ann Curry

Ann Curry

Coanchor, TODAY show

55United StatesMedia
67Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck

President, Global Wealth and Investment Management, Bank of America

47United StatesBusiness
68Margaret Chan

Margaret Chan

Director-General, World Health Organization

69Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue

62United StatesMedia
70Abigail Johnson

Abigail Johnson

President, Fidelity Investments

50United StatesBusiness
71Judith Rodin

Judith Rodin

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

67United StatesNon-Profit
72Ho Ching

Ho Ching

CEO, Temasek Holdings

73Carol Meyrowitz

Carol Meyrowitz

CEO, TJX Companies

57United StatesBusiness
74Mary Callahan Erdoes

Mary Callahan Erdoes

CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

44United StatesBusiness
75Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren

Host, On the Record

57United StatesMedia
76Mary Barra

Mary Barra

SVP, Global Product Development, General Motors

50United StatesBusiness
77Ana Patricia Botin

Ana Patricia Botin

CEO, Santander UK

78Guler Sabanci

Guler Sabanci & family

Chair, Sabanci Holding

79Miuccia Prada

Miuccia Prada

Chair, Head Designer, Prada Group

80Denise Morrison

Denise Morrison

CEO, Campbell Soup Company

58United StatesBusiness
81Tina Brown

Tina Brown

Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Beast, Newsweek

58United StatesMedia
82Virginia Rometty

Virginia Rometty

SVP, Group Executive Sales, Marketing and Strategy , IBM

54United StatesBusiness
83Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust

President, Harvard University

64United StatesNon-Profit
84Sheri McCoy

Sheri McCoy

Vice Chair Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson

53United StatesBusiness
85Alice Walton

Alice Walton

Heiress, Art Patron

62United StatesBillionaire
86Laura Chinchilla

Laura Chinchilla


52Costa RicaPolitics
87Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Finance Minister

88Sue Naegle

Sue Naegle

President, HBO Entertainment

42United StatesBusiness
89Mindy Grossman

Mindy Grossman


54United StatesBusiness
90Ruth Porat

Ruth Porat

CFO, Morgan Stanley

54United StatesBusiness
91Diane Von Furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg

CEO, Diane Von Furstenberg Studio

65United StatesBusiness
92Jan Fields

Jan Fields

President, McDonald’s USA

56United StatesBusiness
93Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos

Group CEO, Absa Group Banks

52South AfricaBusiness
94Marjorie Scardino

Marjorie Scardino

CEO, Pearson

65United StatesBusiness
95Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

57United StatesNon-Profit
96Beth Mooney

Beth Mooney

CEO, KeyCorp

57United StatesBusiness
97Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita

Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita

CEO, ArcelorMittal South Africa

52South AfricaBusiness
98Dominique Senequier

Dominique Senequier

CEO, AXA Private Equity

99Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Founder, Chair, Biocon

100Beth Brooke

Beth Brooke

Global Vice Chair, Ernst & Young

52United StatesBusiness

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

    • Richard Daniels

      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

    • Richard Daniels

      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.

      • Sophia Tlali

        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?