One of them gave off a hit song that asserts how girls run the world, two of them are more powerful than most African presidents given the impact carried by the decisions they make, three of them are the only African figures on the list, one is married to the world’s most powerful man while many of them sit on boards that dictate our daily life. Among themselves, they have a lot of power and are worth billions of dollars. As a journalist, the presence of a number of media personalities such as Christiane Amanpour evokes an ear-to-ear smile.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the 100 Most Powerful Women as per the just released 2012 Forbes List.


#1 – Angela Merkel (German Chancellor)

#2 – Hillary Clinton (US Secretary of State)

#3 – Dilma Rousseff (Brazilian President)

#4 – Melinda Gates (Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

#5 – Jill Abramson (First woman executive editor of The New York Times. Still on job)

#6 – Sonia Gandhi (UPA Chairperson)

#7 – Michelle Obama (US First Lady)

#8 – Christine Lagarde (IMF head also France’s Finance and Economy Minister)

#9 – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary – Janet Napolitano

#10 – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer

#11 – Oprah Winfrey

#12 – Indra Nooyi, chief executive officer of PepsiCo

#13 – Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Chairman and Chief Executive

#14 – Lady Gaga (Most Powerful Female Muscian/Celeb)

#15 – Virginia Rometty of IBM

#16 – Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

#17 – Xerox Corp. Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns

#18 – Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard

#19 – Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi

#20 – Petrobras CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster.

#21 – Marissa Mayer of Google

#22 – Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney-ABC Television

#23 – Diane Sawyer Anchor of World News, ABC, Walt Disney

#24 – Angela Braly, chief executive officer of WellPoint Inc.

#25 – Susan Wojcicki, SVP, Advertising, Google

#26 – Queen Elizabeth II

#27 – Julia Gillard, Australia’s prime minister

#28 – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.

#29 – Arianna Huffington, US millionaire and co-founder of the news website “the Huffington Post”

#30 – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

#31 – U.S. – Secretary of Health and Human Services KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

#32 – Beyonce

#33 – Diane von Furstenberg Owner, Fashion Designer

#34 – Helen Clark, administrator of the U.N. Development Program

#35 – Gina Rinehart Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting

#36 – Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment

#37 – WHO Director General Margaret Chan

#38 – Jennifer Lopez

#39 – CEO of Avon Products, Inc. Avon Products Sherilyn S. McCoy

#40 – Colombian singer Shakira

#41 – Mary Barra, senior vice president at General Motors Co. (GM)

#42 – Zhang Xin, chief executive officer of Soho China Ltd

#43 – Alice Walton Chairman, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

#44 – Laura Lang is the CEO of Time Inc.

#45 – Angela Ahrendts, chief executive officer of Burberry Group Plc.

#46 – Sue Naegle President, HBO Entertainment, Time Warner Cable

#47 – Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres

#48 – Oracle President Safra Catz

#49 – Chair and founder of Emerson Collective Laurene Powell Jobs

#50 – Rosalind Brewer President and CEO, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Stores

#51 – Vogue editor Anna Wintour

#52 – Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, CARE, USA

#53 – Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent

#54 – Rosalia Mera, Zara and Inditex Group president Amancio Ortega’s ex-wife. Rosalia is the richest Spanish woman.

#55 – Cynthia Carroll, chief executive officer of Anglo American Plc

#56 – Cher Wang, chairwoman of HTC Corp.

#57 – Abigail Johnson President, Fidelity Personal, Workplace and Institutional Services, Fidelity Investments

#58 – Padmasree Warrior Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Cisco Systems

#59 – Chanda Kochhar, managing director and chief executive officer of ICICI Bank Ltd, India.

#60 – Gail Kelly, chief executive officer of Westpac Banking Corp.

#61 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D

#62 – Ellen Kullman, chairwoman and CEO of DuPont

#63 – Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust

#64 – Shari Arison Investor, Philanthropist

#65 – Mary Schapiro, Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

#66 – Actress Angelina Jolie

#67 – Italian designer Miuccia Prada

#68 – Carol Meyrowitz is the president, Chief Executive Officer, and director of TJX Companies, the leading off-price retailer in the USA

#69 – Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme, United Nations

#70 – Wikimedia Foundation CEO Sue Gardner

#71 – Malawi’s President Joyce Banda

#72 – World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati

#73 – Chairman NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Bonnie Hammer

#74 – Chua Sock Koong, chief executive officer of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel)

#75 – Sofia Vergara Actress, Entrepreneur

#76 – Ho Ching, wife of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

#77 – Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown

#78 – Author J.K. Rowling

#79 – Chan Lai Wa, curator of China Red Sandalwood museum, member of National Committee of Chinese People`s Political Consultative Conference, CPPCC.

#80 – Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, chairman and managing director of Biocon Ltd, India

#81 – Nigeria’s Finance Minister who is also the Former World Bank managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

#82 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian President

#83 – Gisele Bundchen Supermodel, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist worth $45m

#84 – Mary Meeker, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

#85 – Shaikha Al-Bahar, CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait.

#86 – Marjorie Scardino of Pearson PLC.

#87 – Solina Chau, founder of the HS Chau Foundation

#88 – Jan Fields of McDonald’s.

#89 – Marvell Technology Group Co-Founder Weili Dai

#90 – Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

#91 – Sun Yafang, chairwoman of the board of Huawei Technologies

#92 – Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi Minister of Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates

#93 – Guler Sabanci, Chairperson and Managing Director of Turkey’s Sabanci Holding

#94 – ‘On The Record’ anchor, Greta Van Susteren.

#95 – Mary Colihan Erdoes of J.P. Morgan.

#96 – Mindy Grossman CEO, HSN

#97 – Patricia Woertz, chief executive officer of Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM)

#98 – Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation

#99 – Beth Brooke, global vice chair of public policy, sustainability and stakeholder engagement at Ernst & Young Ernst & Young LLP

#100 – Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani, daughter of the Emir of Qatar. Also, Chair, Qatar Museums Authority.

*List Compiled By Songa Samuel-Stone* Follow @SongaStone


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