Angela Merkel back in the throne
(CH) Once again, German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads the table of Forbes' most powerful women in the world, overtaking Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.
Forbes magazine published their annual ranking on Wednesday. IMF Executive Director Christine Lagarde arrived in ninth place in the top 100 most powerful women in the world, the only other French on the list being Dominique Senequier, CEO of Axa (98th).
This marks the fourth time in five years that Ms. Merkel comes first in a ranking heavily dominated by business women and Americans.
Last year, she was dethroned by American First Lady Michelle Obama, who retrograded to the 8th place this year.
Lady Gaga in top 20
According to Forbes, the one hundred most powerful women are usually involved in politics, business, charities or work in the media. But there are also artists, including the eccentric Lady Gaga; at 25 the youngest of the list but occupying 11th place.
The oldest of the list is Queen Elizabeth, 85, ranked 49th.
Aged 25 to 85 years, these women collectively control a total of 30.000 billion, according to the magazine. Their average age is 54 years old and 22 are single. Important to add is that their power not only originates from their wealth, but also from their authority and their audience, social networks etc.
Eight heads of state, 29 CEO
29 women in the top hundred are CEOs and eight are heads of state. Among the politicians and, in addition to Merkel, are Hillary Rodham Clinton (second), Dilma Rousseff (third), Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress Party of India (seventh), the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (26th), Queen Rania of Jordan (53rd), the President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla (86th) or the American Sarag Pain (34th).
And among other artists, actress Angelina Jolie holds the 29th place and singer Beyonce Knowles 18th.
Finally, among the real heavyweights of the media figure American Oprah Winfrey (14th), Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post (31th), reporter Christiane Amanpour (44th) and Britain's Helen Boaden, director of BBC News Group (51st).
1 - Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
2 - Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
3 - Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
4 - Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
5 - Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's CEO
6 - Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation
7 - Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian Congress Party
8 - Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
9 - Christine Lagarde, Executive Director of the IMF
10 - Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods
11 - Lady Gaga, entertainer
12 - Jill Abramson, editor of The New York Times