Stat of the day: $30tn

The amount of money controlled by the world's 100 most powerful women, according to Forbes.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
She does, after all, get to decide whether some of Europe’s weakest economies sink or swim – so it’s no surprise that German chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. What’s more interesting, though, is that while the US and Europe are fairly well-represented in the top 10, so are emerging economies, with Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, and Indian National Congress Party president, Sonia Gandhi, at numbers three and seven respectively. The UK, on the other hand, isn’t particularly represented, with just three entries: the Queen (natch), Helen Boaden, the director of BBC News, and JK Rowling.

There are notable exceptions: in fact, according to Forbes, nearly 50% of last year’s list ‘can no longer call themselves power women’. Missing names include former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, both of whom who lost their bids for governor of California last year. Anne Lauvergeon, former CEO of French state-owned nuclear power firm Areva was also conspicuous by her absence after she was asked to step down when her term expired in June.

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