Merkel and Clinton top the Forbes’ list of most powerful women

It’s no secret that women today are at the top of the game when it comes to many multi-billion dollar companies, governing countries or spearheading humanitarian initiatives. There were so many women that made it big that Forbes magazine had to compile a list of the world’s most powerful women which was headed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel followed by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on the second spot. The annual survey covers women in fields as diverse as politics, business, media, entertainment and non-profits, wherein their rankings were calibrated by measuring wealth, media presence and overall impact. On number 3 spot was taken by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, while 4th on the list was Melinda Gates. Taking the 5th spot is the first female executive editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson.

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The youngest on the list was pop star Lady Gaga qualifying at the age of 26. Surprisingly, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II was oldest on the list at the age of 86, ranks only at number 26. Other famous figures in the top tier were US First Lady Michelle Obama at seven, Indian President Sonia Gandhi at six and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano at nine.

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