Forbes today announced its 10th annual ranking of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women , with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 1) topping this year’s list for the third consecutive year and eight times in total. She is followed by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at No. 2, and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, at No. 3. First Lady Michelle Obama moves up to No. 4. Although Hillary Clinton recently left her high-power role as U.S. Secretary of State, she is still one of the most watched and listened-to women at No. 5.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman (No. 15) is the subject of the Forbes cover story, “The Reluctant Savior .” Other women in tech include: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6); IBM CEO Virginia Rometty (No. 12); Xerox CEO Ursula Burns (No. 14); Oracle CFO Safra Catz (No. 23) and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 32).
“The rise of personal brands and entrepreneurial endeavors among this year’s Power Women are exciting trends as we mark our 10th year of publishing the list,” said Moira Forbes, President & Publisher, ForbesWoman. “From Singapore to Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom to the United States – and beyond – the 100 influential women on our list are making an indelible and lasting impact on the world we live in.”
Members of the 2013 ranking represent women in technology, politics, business, media, entertainment, non-profits and NGOs, as well as billionaires – all ranked by money, media presence and impact. The 24 corporate CEOs on the list lead companies with a combined $893 billion in 2012 revenues. Eight heads of state run nations with a combined Gross Domestic Product of $9.9 trillion. The 100 women on the 2013 list have major reach: a combined Twitter following of over 153 million. Entrepreneurial spirit runs through the 2013 list; 16 women founded their own companies. Twenty-six countries are represented, and while the U.S. dominates the list, South America, Asia and the Middle East are also well represented.
Among the 15 newcomers on this year’s list are South Korean President Park Geun-hye (No. 11); Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson (No. 34); Tory Burch CEO Tory Burch (No. 69); Spanx Founder Sara Blakely (No. 90) and Baidu CFO Jennifer Li (No. 98). Fifteen women dropped off list this year, including Laura Lang, Cynthia Carroll and Alice Walton.
RANK NAME TITLE, COUNTRY
1 Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany
2 Dilma Rouseff President, Brazil
3 Melinda Gates Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S.
4 Michelle Obama First Lady, U.S.
5 Hillary Rodham Clinton Former Secretary of State
6 Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook, U.S
7 Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, U.S.
8 Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S.
9 Sonia Gandhi President, Indian National Congress party, India
10 Indra Nooyi CEO, PepsiCo, U.S.
11 Park Geun-hye President, South Korea
12 Virginia Rometty CEO IBM, U.S.
13 Oprah Winfrey Media Mogul, U.S.
14 Ursula Burns CEO, Xerox, U.S.
15 Meg Whitman CEO Hewlett-Packard, U.S.
The publication of the list follows a successful Forbes Women’s Summit, held in NY on May 9, which convened more than 300 prominent women across multiple generations who showed how innovation and collaboration are the seeds of success.
For the complete ranking, methodology, videos and more, visit: www.forbes.com/power-women.
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