The Most Powerful Women in the World

November 02, 2017

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s 100 most powerful women.

According to Moira Forbes, executive vice-president of Forbes Media, the list is compiled from from seven “power bases” – billionaires, business, finance, media, politics, philanthropists/NGOs and technology.

Topping the list for the seventh consecutive year, and the 12th time in total, is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. British Prime Minister Theresa May is in second place, while Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is in third.

Almost half the women on the list are American. The UK has eight representatives, while the rest of Europe has 13. Only one woman, Angola’s Isabel dos Santos, is from Africa.

New entries on the list include Ivanka Trump (#19), the daughter and adviser of Donald Trump; Jacinda Ardern (#38), newly elected Prime Minister of New Zealand; and Indian actress, Priyanka Chopra (#97), a Unicef goodwill ambassador.

Media and entertainment personalities on the list include Oprah Winfrey (#21), Anna Wintour (#27), Beyonce (#50), Taylor Swift (#85), and JK Rowling (#88). Swift is the youngest woman on the list, at age 27.

Hillary Clinton, who has made the list every year since it began in 2004, has fallen from second place last year, to only 65th since her defeat in the presidential elections.

See the top 20 here:

1. Angela Merkel, Germany, Politics
2. Theresa May, United Kingdom, Politics
3. Melinda Gates, United States, Philanthropy/NGO
4. Sheryl Sandberg, United States, Technology
5. Mary Barra, United States, Automotive
6. Susan Wojcicki, United States, Technology
7. Abigail Johnson, United States, Finance and Investments
8. Christine Lagarde, France, Economy
9. Ana Patricia Botín, Spain, Finance and Investments
10. Ginni Rometty, United States, Technology
11. Indra Nooyi, United States, Diversified
12. Meg Whitman, United States, Technology
13. Angela Ahrendts, United States, Technology
14. Laurene Powell Jobs, United States, Philanthropy/NGO
15. Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan, Politics
16. Michelle Bachelet, Chile, Politics
17. Federica Mogherini, Italy, Politics
18. Safra Catz, United States, Technology
19. Ivanka Trump, United States, Politics
20. Adena Friedman, United States, Finance and Investments