Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

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Angela Merkel, consistently ranked as Forbes' most powerful woman
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Since 2004, the American business magazine Forbes has 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. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained at the top spot since 2006, 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 2007, where there were five.

2020[edit]

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

2019[edit]

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

2018[edit]

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

2017[edit]

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

2016[edit]

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

2015[edit]

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

2014[edit]

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

2013[edit]

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

2012[edit]

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

2011[edit]

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

2010[edit]

  1. United States Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  2. United States Irene Rosenfeld, Chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  3. United States Oprah Winfrey, talk show host on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  4. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  5. United States Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State
  6. United States Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  7. United States Lady Gaga, singer, actress and record producer
  8. Australia Gail Kelly, CEO of Westpac
  9. United States Beyoncé Knowles, singer, actress and record producer
  10. United States Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host on The Ellen DeGeneres Show[11]

2009[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Sheila Bair, Chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  3. United States Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  4. United Kingdom Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  5. Singapore Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  6. United States Irene Rosenfeld, Chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  7. United States Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont
  8. United States Angela Braly, President-CEO of Anthem
  9. France Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  10. United States Lynn Elsenhans, Chairperson, CEO and President of Sunoco[12]

2008[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Sheila Bair, Chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  3. United States Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  4. United States Angela Braly, President-CEO of Anthem
  5. United Kingdom Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  6. United States Irene Rosenfeld, Chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  7. United States Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  8. Singapore Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  9. France Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  10. United States Anne Mulcahy, Chairperson and CEO of Xerox[13]

2007[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. China Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3. Singapore Ho Ching, CEO of Temasek Holdings
  4. United States Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  5. United States Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  6. India Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  7. United Kingdom Cynthia Carroll, CEO of Anglo American plc
  8. United States Patricia Woertz, President-CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
  9. United States Irene Rosenfeld, Chairperson and CEO of Mondelez International
  10. United States Patricia Russo, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent[14]

2006[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  3. China Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  4. United States Indra Nooyi, Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  5. United States Anne Mulcahy, Chairperson and CEO of Xerox
  6. United States Sallie Krawcheck, CFO of Citigroup
  7. United States Patricia Woertz, President-CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
  8. France Anne Lauvergeon, CEO of Areva
  9. United States Brenda Barnes, President-CEO of Sara Lee
  10. Greece Zoe Cruz, Co-president of Morgan Stanley[15]

2005[edit]

  1. United States Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
  2. China Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3. Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister of Ukraine
  4. Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
  5. United States Meg Whitman, President-CEO of eBay
  6. United States Anne Mulcahy, Chairperson and CEO of Xerox
  7. United States Sallie Krawcheck, CFO of Citigroup
  8. United States Brenda Barnes, President-CEO of Sara Lee
  9. United States Oprah Winfrey, talk show host on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  10. United States Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation[16]

2004[edit]

  1. United States Condoleezza Rice, United States National Security Advisor
  2. China Wu Yi, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China
  3. India Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress party
  4. United States Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States
  5. United States Hillary Clinton, United States Senator
  6. United States Sandra Day O'Connor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  7. United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
  8. Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri, President of Indonesia
  9. Philippines Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Philippines
  10. United States Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 22, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2012". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  10. ^ 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.
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  12. ^ Donner, Francesca (August 19, 2009). "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
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  14. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 30, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  15. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 31, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016.
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