Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

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Starting in 2004, Forbes magazine has made a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. It is edited by notable Forbes journalists including Moira Forbes, and based on visibility and economic impact. Leading the table seven times in the last eight years, Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany is understood to be the world's most powerful woman.

2014 (top 50 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Increase United States Janet Yellen Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
3 Steady United States Melinda Gates Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4 Decrease Brazil Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil
5 Increase France Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
6 Decrease United States Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State
7 Increase United States Mary Barra CEO of General Motors
8 Decrease United States Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
9 Decrease United States Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook
10 Increase United States Virginia Rometty CEO of IBM
11 Steady South Korea Park Geun-hye President of South Korea
12 Increase United States Susan Wojcicki CEO of YouTube
13 Decrease India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
14 Decrease United States Oprah Winfrey Television personality
15 Increase United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International
16 Increase Brazil Graça Foster CEO of Petrobras
17 Steady United States Beyoncé Knowles Singer-songwriter
18 Increase United States Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo!
19 Increase Argentina Cristina Kirchner President of Argentina
20 Decrease United States Meg Whitman CEO of Hewlett-Packard
21 Steady United States Marillyn Hewson CEO of Lockheed Martin
22 Decrease United States Ursula Burns CEO of Xerox
23 Steady New Zealand Helen Clark Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
24 Steady Israel Safra Catz Co-CEO of Oracle
25 Steady Chile Michelle Bachelet President of Chile
26 Steady United States Nancy Pelosi Member of the United States House of Representatives
27 Decrease Australia Gina Rinehart Chairperson of Hancock Prospecting
28 Steady United States Amy Pascal Co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment
29 Steady United States Laurene Powell Jobs Widow of Steve Jobs (Former CEO of Apple)
30 Steady Hong Kong Margaret Chan Director General of the World Health Organization
31 Decrease United States Ellen Kullman CEO of DuPont
32 Steady Colombia Sofía Vergara Television personality
33 Steady United States Drew Gilpin Faust President of Harvard University
34 Steady United States Abigail Johnson CEO of Fidelity Investments
35 Steady United Kingdom Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom
36 Steady India Arundhati Bhattacharya Chairperson of State Bank of India
37 Steady United States Renée James President of Intel
38 Steady Indonesia Sri Mulyani Indrawati Managing Director of the World Bank Group
39 Steady United Kingdom Anna Wintour Editor-in-chief of Vogue
40 Steady Malawi Joyce Banda President of Malawi
41 Steady China Wu Yajun CEO of Longfor Properties
42 Steady United States Bonnie Hammer CEO of NBCUniversal Cable
43 Steady India Chanda Kochhar CEO of ICICI Bank
44 Steady Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Finance Minister of Nigeria
45 Steady United States Ertharin Cousin Executive director of the World Food Programme
46 Steady United States Ellen DeGeneres Television personality
47 Steady Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Prime Minister of Bangladesh
48 Steady United States Amy Hood CFO of Microsoft
49 Steady United States Angela Ahrendts Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Sales of Apple Inc
50 Steady United States Angelina Jolie Actress

2013 (top 20 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Increase Brazil Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil
3 Increase United States Melinda Gates Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4 Decrease United States Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State
5 Increase United States Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
6 Increase United States Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook
7 Increase France Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
8 Increase United States Janet Napolitano United States Secretary of Homeland Security
9 Decrease India Sonia Gandhi Chairperson of the National Advisory Council
10 Increase India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
11 Steady South Korea Park Geun-hye President of South Korea
12 Steady United States Virginia Rometty CEO of IBM
13 Steady United States Oprah Winfrey Television personality
14 Steady United States Ursula Burns CEO of Xerox
15 Steady United States Meg Whitman CEO of Hewlett-Packard
16 Steady Australia Gina Rinehart Chairperson of Hancock Prospecting
17 Steady United States Beyoncé Knowles Singer-songwriter
18 Steady Brazil Graça Foster CEO of Petrobras
19 Steady United States Jill Abramson Executive editor of The New York Times
20 Steady United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International

2012 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Steady United States Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State
3 Steady Brazil Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil
4 Increase United States Melinda Gates Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
5 Increase United States Jill Abramson Executive editor of The New York Times
6 Increase India Sonia Gandhi Chairperson of the National Advisory Council
7 Increase United States Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
8 Increase France Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
9 Increase United States Janet Napolitano United States Secretary of Homeland Security
10 Decrease United States Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook

2011 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Increase United States Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State
3 Increase Brazil Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil
4 Increase India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
5 Increase United States Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook
6 Increase United States Melinda Gates Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
7 Increase India Sonia Gandhi Chairperson of the National Advisory Council
8 Decrease United States Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
9 Increase France Christine Lagarde Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
10 Decrease United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International

2010 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase United States Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States
2 Increase United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International
3 Increase United States Oprah Winfrey Television personality
4 Decrease Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
5 Increase United States Hillary Clinton United States Secretary of State
6 Decrease India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
7 Increase United States Lady Gaga Singer-songwriter
8 Increase Australia Gail Kelly CEO of Westpac
9 Increase United States Beyoncé Knowles Singer-songwriter
10 Increase United States Ellen DeGeneres Television personality

2009 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Steady United States Sheila Bair Chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
3 Steady India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
4 Steady United States Cynthia Carroll CEO of Anglo American
5 Steady Singapore Ho Ching Spouse of the Prime Minister of Singapore
6 Steady United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International
7 Increase United States Ellen Kullman CEO of DuPontgh
8 Decrease United States Angela Braly CEO of WellPoint
9 Steady France Anne Lauvergeon CEO of Areva
10 Increase United States Lynn Elsenhans CEO of Sunoco

2008 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Increase United States Sheila Bair Chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
3 Increase India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
4 Increase United States Angela Braly CEO of WellPoint
5 Increase United States Cynthia Carroll CEO of Anglo American
6 Increase United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International
7 Decrease United States Condoleezza Rice United States Secretary of State
8 Decrease Singapore Ho Ching Spouse of the Prime Minister of Singapore
9 Increase France Anne Lauvergeon CEO of Areva
10 Increase United States Anne Mulcahy CEO of Xerox

2007 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Increase China Wu Yi Vice Premier of China
3 Increase Singapore Ho Ching Spouse of the Prime Minister of Singapore
4 Decrease United States Condoleezza Rice United States Secretary of State
5 Decrease India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
6 Increase India Sonia Gandhi Former chairperson of the National Advisory Council
7 Increase United States Cynthia Carroll CEO of Anglo American
8 Decrease United States Patricia Woertz CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
9 Increase United States Irene Rosenfeld CEO of Mondelēz International
10 Increase United States Patricia Russo CEO of Alcatel-Lucent

2006 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Increase Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2 Decrease United States Condoleezza Rice United States Secretary of State
3 Decrease China Wu Yi Vice Premier of China
4 Increase India Indra Nooyi CEO of PepsiCo
5 Increase United States Anne Mulcahy CEO of Xerox
6 Increase United States Sallie Krawcheck President of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America
7 Increase United States Patricia Woertz Executive Vice-president of Chevron
8 Increase France Anne Lauvergeon CEO of Areva
9 Decrease United States Brenda Barnes CEO of Sara Lee
10 Increase United States Zoe Cruz Co-president of Morgan Stanley

2005 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady United States Condoleezza Rice United States Secretary of State
2 Steady China Wu Yi Vice Premier of China
3 Increase Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko Prime Minister of Ukraine
4 Increase Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President of the Philippines
5 Increase United States Meg Whitman CEO of eBay
6 Increase United States Anne Mulcahy CEO of Xerox
7 Increase United States Sallie Krawcheck President of the Global Wealth & Investment Management division of Bank of America
8 Increase United States Brenda Barnes CEO of Sara Lee
9 Increase United States Oprah Winfrey Television personality
10 Increase United States Melinda Gates Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2004 (top 10 selection)[edit]

# Individual Office / Position
1 Steady United States Condoleezza Rice United States National Security Advisor
2 Steady China Wu Yi Vice Premier of China
3 Steady India Sonia Gandhi Chairperson of the National Advisory Council
4 Steady United States Laura Bush First Lady of the United States
5 Steady United States Hillary Clinton United States Senator
6 Steady United States Sandra Day O'Connor Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
7 Steady United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
8 Steady Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri President of Indonesia
9 Steady Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President of the Philippines
10 Steady United States Carly Fiorina Chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard

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