Forbes Names Top 100 Most Powerful Women In The World

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Forbes magazine has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world. By the magazine’s qualifications, these are the women who adhere to the traditional classifications of power of political and economic might, but also those who have reached the summit of the social and cultural landscape.

This year’s list notes the increasing number of female CEOs in the business world, with 25 making the list who together, account for almost $1 trillion to control. Also included in the Top 100 are women of power, including eight heads of state, and good-looking celebrities who are overly philanthropic with their dollars.

Forbes magazine has ranked the 100 most powerful women in the world. By the magazine’s qualifications, these are the women who adhere to the traditional classifications of power of political and economic might, but also those who have reached the summit of the social and cultural landscape.

This is the ninth year Forbes has made such a list.

Here are this year’s Top 10:

  1. Angela Merkel – Chancellor, Germany, Age 58
  2. Hillary Clinton – Secretary of State, United States, Age 64
  3. Dilma Rousseff – President, Brazil, Age 64
  4. Melinda Gates – Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Age 48
  5. Jill Abramson – Executive Editor, New York Times, Age 58
  6. Sonia Gandhi – President, Indian National Congress, Age 65
  7. Michelle Obama – First Lady, United States, Age 48
  8. Christine Lagarde – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Age 56
  9. Janet Napolitano – Secretary, Homeland Security, Age 54
  10. Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook, Age 42

As a notable mention, Oprah Winfrey is up three spots from last year to #11, but still down eight spots from #3 in 2010.

The 100 women on the list combine for an approximate 90 million Twitter followers.

You can check out the full list HERE.

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