Here, we present the list of 10 Most Powerful Women of The World today. This list is according to the Forbes’ annual 100 most powerful women. This list includes the 10 women with the most impact – the top politicians, finance and business leaders, activist billionaires, entrepreneurs, media mavens, technologists, philanthropists and celebrities who matter. All these ladies ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact. Have a look!
10 Most Powerful Women of The World Today:
10. Virginia Rometty | CEO, IBM, United States
When IBM saw revenue declines, its CEO passed on an annual bonus, that type of leadership has helped Rometty’s rise up the ranks of the technology company, where she first began working at 24 in 1981 as a systems engineer.
9. Sheryl Sandberg | COO, Facebook, United States
With a net worth just shy of a billion, Sandberg is COO of the social media giant, which has a $160B market value.
8. Michelle Obama | First Lady, United States
The Harvard grad and former corporate attorney actively uses her platform as first lady to fight childhood obesity and promote healthier eating and lifestyles.
7. Mary Barra | CEO, General Motors, United States
A 33-year company veteran, Barra took the reins of GM when she became CEO in January.
6. Hillary Clinton | Former Secretary of State, United States
Her upcoming memoir, “Hard Choices,” which chronicles her time as Secretary of State, reportedly earned her a high-seven-figure advance.
5. Christine Lagarde | Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, France
The first woman to run the 188-country financial organization has spent much of her first three years in crisis mode, most recently dealing with escalating tensions in Ukraine and approving a $17 billion loan for the country in April.
4. Dilma Rousseff | President, Brazil
One of the world’s most powerful heads of state, Rousseff is more than halfway through her term as president of Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest national economy with a GDP of nearly $2.4T.
3. Melinda Gates | Philanthropist, United States
Melinda Gates has cemented her dominance in philanthropy and global development to the tune of $3.4B in giving 2012 (most recent data available) and more than $26B in grant commitments since she founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband in 1998.
2. Janet Yellen | Chair, Federal Reserve, United States
Yellen is the first woman to head the most influential central bank in the world, given the size of the Fed’s balance sheet ($4T) relative to the U.S. GDP ($16.7T).
1. Angela Merkel | Chancellor, Germany
The first political star from the former East Germany since reunification, Chancellor Merkel is also the backbone and an original architect of the 28-member European Union with a GDP of $15.8T.