Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

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Since 2004, Forbes has compiled a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, it is edited by notable Forbes journalists, including Moira Forbes, and is based on visibility and economic impact. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained at the top spot since 2006, with the brief exception of 2010 where she was temporarily supplanted by former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

2016 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Hillary Clinton, Presidential candidate of the United States
  3. United States Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  4. United States Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5. United States Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6. France Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  7. United States Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  8. United States Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  9. United States Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  10. Spain Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander[1]

2015 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Hillary Clinton, Presidential candidate of the United States
  3. United States Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4. United States Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  5. United States Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  6. United States Taylor Swift, Song writer and performer
  7. Brazil Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  8. United States Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  9. United States Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube
  10. United States Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States[2]

2014 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
  2. United States Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States
  3. United States Melinda Gates, Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4. Brazil Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
  5. France Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  6. United States Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State
  7. United States Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  8. United States Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States
  9. United States Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  10. United States Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM[3]

2013 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. Brazil Dilma Rousseff
  3. United States Melinda Gates
  4. United States Michelle Obama
  5. United States Hillary Clinton
  6. United States Sheryl Sandberg
  7. France Christine Lagarde
  8. United States Janet Napolitano
  9. India Sonia Gandhi
  10. United States Indra Nooyi[4]

2012 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. United States Hillary Clinton
  3. Brazil Dilma Rousseff
  4. United States Melinda Gates
  5. United States Jill Abramson
  6. India Sonia Gandhi
  7. United States Michelle Obama
  8. France Christine Lagarde
  9. United States Janet Napolitano
  10. United States Sheryl Sandberg[5]

2011 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. United States Hillary Clinton
  3. Brazil Dilma Rousseff
  4. United States Indra Nooyi
  5. United States Sheryl Sandberg
  6. United States Melinda Gates
  7. India Sonia Gandhi
  8. United States Michelle Obama
  9. France Christine Lagarde
  10. United States Irene Rosenfeld[6]

2010 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. United States Michelle Obama
  2. United States Irene Rosenfeld
  3. United States Oprah Winfrey
  4. Germany Angela Merkel
  5. United States Hillary Clinton
  6. United States Indra Nooyi
  7. United States Lady Gaga
  8. Australia Gail Kelly
  9. United States Beyoncé Knowles
  10. United States Ellen DeGeneres[7]

2009 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. United States Sheila Bair
  3. United States Indra Nooyi
  4. United States Cynthia Carroll United Kingdom
  5. Singapore Ho Ching
  6. United States Irene Rosenfeld
  7. United States Ellen Kullman
  8. United States Angela Braly
  9. France Anne Lauvergeon
  10. United States Lynn Elsenhans[8]

2008 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. United States Sheila Bair
  3. India Indra Nooyi
  4. United States Angela Braly
  5. United States Cynthia Carroll United Kingdom
  6. United States Irene Rosenfeld
  7. United States Condoleezza Rice
  8. Singapore Ho Ching
  9. France Anne Lauvergeon
  10. United States Anne Mulcahy[9]

2007 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. China Wu Yi
  3. Singapore Ho Ching
  4. United States Condoleezza Rice
  5. India Indra Nooyi
  6. India Sonia Gandhi
  7. United States Cynthia Carroll United Kingdom
  8. United States Patricia Woertz
  9. United States Irene Rosenfeld
  10. United States Patricia Russo[10]

2006 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. Germany Angela Merkel
  2. United States Condoleezza Rice
  3. China Wu Yi
  4. India Indra Nooyi
  5. United States Anne Mulcahy
  6. United States Sallie Krawcheck
  7. United States Patricia Woertz
  8. France Anne Lauvergeon
  9. United States Brenda Barnes
  10. United States Zoe Cruz[11]

2005 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. United States Condoleezza Rice
  2. China Wu Yi
  3. Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko
  4. Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  5. United States Margaret Whitman
  6. United States Anne Mulcahy
  7. United States Sallie Krawcheck
  8. United States Brenda Barnes
  9. United States Oprah Winfrey
  10. United States Melinda Gates[12]

2004 (top 10 selection)[edit]

  1. United States Condoleezza Rice
  2. China Wu Yi
  3. India Sonia Gandhi
  4. United States Laura Bush
  5. United States Hillary Clinton
  6. United States Sandra Day O'Connor
  7. United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  8. Indonesia Megawati Sukarnoputri
  9. Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
  10. United States Carly Fiorina[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World's Most Powerful Women 2016". Forbes. June 7, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  2. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 26, 2015). "The World's Most Powerful Women 2015". Forbes. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 28, 2014). "The World's Most Powerful Women 2014". Forbes. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ Howard, Caroline (May 22, 2013). "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 22, 2012). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women 2012". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  6. ^ Howard, Caroline (August 24, 2011). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women: This Year It's All About Reach". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women: November 2010". Forbes.com. October 5, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Donner, Francesca (August 19, 2009). "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ Egan, Mary Ellen; Schoenberger, Chana R. (August 27, 2008). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 30, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ "The 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. August 31, 2006. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 
  13. ^ MacDonald, Elizabeth; Schoenberger, Chana R. (August 20, 2004). "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women". Forbes.com. Retrieved January 9, 2016. 

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