Every year, many leading international magazines releases some lists specifically for the achievements of women showing women power, such as “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List”, “The World’s Richest Women” and “America’s Richest Self Made Women”. Generally, the women who hold a strong political office or are married to those who do, and have a good hold over male dominated areas such as business and finance hold a good position in the list of most powerful women in the world. Also, the women who have a strong public profile and visibility constitute power such as celebrities from media and entertainment or sports stars can also be seen on the list. The ranks of this article on the most powerful women in the world is taken from Forbes’ list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women”.
1. ANGELA MERKEL
Angela Merkel was born on 17 July, 1954 as Angela Dorothea Kasner in Hamburg, Germany and is considered number one on the list of most powerful women in the world. She is the first female chancellor of Germany and is currently serving her fourth term which shows how strong is women power. The 64 years old woman is also considered the leader of Europe. She leads Germany’s largest economy and was the one who steered the country through its financial crisis. She has even been titled #1 among the most powerful women in the world by Forbes 10 times and has been ranked twice on #2 as “The World’s Most Powerful Person in the World” just after Vladimir Putin. In 2015, she was given the name of “Person of the Year” by Time magazine whose cover page even called her “Chancellor of the Free World”.
2. THERESA MAY
Theresa May is the second among other most powerful women in the world and one of the best examples of women power. She is the Prime Minister and the second female Prime Minister of Britain, since she was elected in 2016 after Margaret Thatcher being the first. She also became the leader of the ruling party, the Conservative Party after the resignation of David Cameron from the post. But she later stepped down in June, 2019. The 62 year old powerful woman has also served one of the longest terms as the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016. She is also a practicing member of the Anglican Church, well known for being a fashion-conscious politician, her designer outfits and her love for kitten heel shoes. The most interesting part of her career is that, she was a banker from 1977 to 1983 at the Bank of England.
3. CHRISTINE LAGARDE
Christine Lagarde is on third rank in the Forbes list of the most powerful women. She is a lawyer and politician from France, and is currently the chairman and managing director of International Monetary Fund (IMF). Earlier, she had also been the Minister of Commerce from 2005-2007, the Minister of Fishing in 2007, and the Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry from 2007-2011 in the French government.
4. MARY BARRA
The fourth of the most powerful women in the world, Mary Barra, is the Chairwoman and the Chief Executive Officer of General Motors Company, making her the first female CEO of a major global automaker and truly sets an example of women power. She is the regular feature in the Forbes list of “Most Powerful Women” since 2013, and was also ranked at #1 in the 2015 list. Previously, she was the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at the Global Motors Company. She had started working there at the age of 18, in 1980, and also held various administrative and engineering positions. She was the vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, and in July 2009, became the Vice President of Global Human Resources till 2011. She is very fond of cars, and many model cars on her work desk.
5. ABIGAIL JOHNSON
The President and CEO of the American investment company, Fidelity Investments, and the chairwoman of Fidelity International, Abigail Johnson has been ranked fifth in the race of the most powerful women in the world. Her total wealth is around $16 billion which also makes her one of the wealthiest women in the world. Also, she is the first woman to be a board of member of the Financial Services Forum, an American financial services and economic policy organization. In 2014, she was ranked #34, #19 in 2015, #16 in 2016, and #7 in 2017 in the list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes.
6. MELINDA GATES
Melinda Gates has constantly been making it to the list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes and this time, has landed on #6. She is an American philanthropist and had previously, served as a General Manager at Microsoft. She is the co-founder of the world’s largest private charitable organization, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, along with Bill Gates, her husband, the founder of Microsoft, and also one of the wealthiest people in the world. She also debuted as an author in the year 2019, with the book “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” to promote which, even the former President of America, Barrack Obama, starred in a comedy sketch.
7. SUSAN WOJCICKI
Susan Wojcicki has been ranked seventh in the list of the most powerful women in the world. She is the CEO of the famous video sharing app YouTube, and was also involved in founding Google, a popular search engine. She became the first marketing manager of Google and later, the in charge of Google’s original video service. In 2015, she was named “the most important person in advertising” by Time, an American weekly news magazine, and later “the most powerful woman on the internet” by Time only.
Google purchased YouTube
Susan Wojcicki led Google’s Youtube purchase. At the time, she was responsible for Google Video, and YouTube was her most competitive rival. Since Google obtained YouTube in 2006, the once-little online video administration’s has expanded vigorously. As of May of this current year, YouTube was valued at $80 billion, leaving behind eBay, Yahoo, and Starbucks.
8. ANA BOTIN
Ana Botin, a Spanish banker, became the executive chairman of the Spanish commercial bank and financial services company, Santander Group on September 10, 2014. In the list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes ranked her #99 in 2005, #45 in 2009, #10 in 2016, and #9 in 2017. She was even given the title of third most powerful among the women in England by Woman’s Hour, a radio magazine program in the UK on BBC Radio 4. She is the fourth generation of her family to hold the position of Executive Chairman at the Santander Group. In 2010, she also became the Chief Executive Officer of Santander in Britain.
9. MARILLYN HEWSON
Marillyn Hewson holds the title of ninth most powerful women on the list. She is currently the Chairwoman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin, one of the largest global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company. Marillyn had joined the company back in 1983. She held there various positions which include the posts given below that show how women power can handle anything with ease:
- President and Chief Operating Officer
- Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems
- President of Lockheed Martin Systems of Integration
- Executive Vice President of Global Sustainment for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
- President and General Manager of Kelly Aviation Centre
- President of Lockheed Martin’s Logistics Services
10. GINNI ROMETTY
The American business executive, Ginni Rometty, has been ranked tenth in the list of most powerful women. She is currently the Chairwoman, President, and CEO of IBM, an international IT company. She is also given the title of first female to head the company. IBM was first joined by her in 1981 as a system engineer. She was given a rank in the list of 50 Most Influential People in the World by Bloomberg, 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune, and 20 Most Important People in Tech by Time, and America’s Top 50 Women in Tech by Forbes.