Business dominates the Forbes 100 most powerful women list

From Chinese property tycoons to Aussie mining magnates and US tech denizens, businesswomen really do run the world.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 03 Mar 2015

- The 35 Women Under 35 list will be published in MT’s July/August issue

Perusing the Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world list makes a happy change from depressing stories about the lack of women in the FTSE 100. There were ladies from all walks of life, and not just because their husbands are in top jobs (although the US and Chinese first ladies still made the list).

German chancellor Angel Merkel topped the list, followed by Fed chair Janet Yellen, while the presidents of Brazil, Argentina and Chile also made the grade. MT was particularly pleased though to see businesswomen dominating the list, running companies from General Motors to defence giant Lockheed Martin and chemicals group DuPont.

The full list is here, but in the meantime MT has crunched the numbers for you:

Here are the top 10 most powerful women in the world:

1. Angela Merkel - Chancellor, Germany
2. Janet Yellen - Chair, US Federal Reserve
3. Melinda Gates - Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4. Dilma Rousseff - President, Brazil
5. Christine Lagarde - Managing director, IMF
6. Hillary Clinton - Former US secretary of state and potential 2016 US presidential candidate
7. Mary Barra - CEO, General Motors
8. Michelle Obama - First lady, US
9. Sheryl Sandberg - COO, Facebook
10. Virginia Rometty - Chair & CEO, IBM

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