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Most Powerful Woman in the World

Rank Name Age Country Category Category Rank
1 Michelle Obama 

Michelle Obama

First Lady

47 United States Politics #1
2 Irene Rosenfeld 

Irene Rosenfeld

Chief Executive, Kraft Foods

57 United States Business #1
3 Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey

Media Personality

57 United States Media #1
4 Angela Merkel 

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

56 Germany Politics #2
5 Hillary Clinton 

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

63 United States Politics #3
6 Indra Nooyi 

Indra Nooyi

Chief Executive, PepsiCo

55 United States Business #2
7 Lady Gaga 

Lady Gaga

Singer and performance artist

24 United States Lifestyle #1
8 Gail Kelly 

Gail Kelly

Chief Executive, Westpac

54 Australia Business #3
9 Beyonce Knowles 

Beyonce Knowles

Singer, fashion designer

29 United States Lifestyle #2
10 Ellen DeGeneres 

Ellen DeGeneres

Talk show host

53 United States Media #2
11 Nancy Pelosi 

Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House

70 United States Politics #4
12 Angela Braly 

Angela Braly

Chief Executive, Wellpoint

49 United States Business #4
13 Janet Napolitano 

Janet Napolitano

Secretary, Homeland Security

53 United States Politics #5
14 Cynthia Carroll 

Cynthia Carroll

Chief Executive, Anglo American

54 United States Business #5
15 Sheila Bair 

Sheila Bair

Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

56 United States Politics #6
16 Sarah Palin 

Sarah Palin

Political maverick and commentator

47 United States Media #3
17 Mary Schapiro 

Mary Schapiro

Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission

55 United States Politics #7
18 Ellen Kullman 

Ellen Kullman

Chief Executive, DuPont

55 United States Business #6
19 Sonia Sotomayor 

Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice

56 United States Politics #8
20 Ursula Burns 

Ursula Burns

Chief Executive, Xerox

52 United States Business #7
21 Angelina Jolie 

Angelina Jolie

Actor and UN Goodwill Ambassador

35 United States Lifestyle #3
22 Katie Couric 

Katie Couric

News anchor

54 United States Media #4
23 Kathleen Sebelius 

Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary, Health & Human Services

62 United States Politics #9
24 Anne Lauvergeon 

Anne Lauvergeon

Chief Executive, Areva

51 France Business #8
25 Elena Kagan 

Elena Kagan

Supreme Court Justice

50 United States Politics #10
26 Patricia Woertz 

Patricia Woertz

Chief Executive, Archer Daniels Midland Co.

57 United States Business #9
27 Melinda Gates 

Melinda Gates

Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

46 United States Lifestyle #4
28 Arianna Huffington 

Arianna Huffington

Founder and editor-in-chief, Huffington Post

60 United States Media #5
29  Madonna 

Madonna

Singer, fashion designer

52 United States Lifestyle #5
30 Ho Ching 

Ho Ching

Chief Executive, Temasek Holdings

58 Singapore Business #10
31 Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice

77 United States Politics #11
32 Maria Ramos 

Maria Ramos

Chief Executive, Absa Group Banks

52 South Africa Business #11
33 Chelsea Handler 

Chelsea Handler

Talk show host and author

36 United States Lifestyle #6
34 Tina Brown 

Tina Brown

Cofounder and editor-in-chief, The Daily Beast

57 United States Media #6
35 Carla Bruni-Sarkozy 

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

First Lady

43 France Politics #12
36 Lynn Laverty Elsenhans 

Lynn Laverty Elsenhans

Chief Executive, Sunoco

54 United States Business #12
37 Elizabeth Warren 

Elizabeth Warren

Assistant to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of Treasury

61 United States Politics #13
38 Ana Patricia Botin 

Ana Patricia Botin

Chair, Banesto bank

50 Spain Business #13
39 Heidi Klum 

Heidi Klum

Model and producer

37 United States Lifestyle #7
40 Meredith Vieira 

Meredith Vieira

Co-anchor

57 United States Media #7
41 Queen Elizabeth II 

Queen Elizabeth II

Monarch

84 United Kingdom Politics #14
42 Carol Bartz 

Carol Bartz

Chief Executive, Yahoo!

62 United States Business #14
43 Christine Lagarde 

Christine Lagarde

Finance Minister

55 France Politics #15
44 Sallie Krawcheck 

Sallie Krawcheck

President, Global Wealth & Investment Management, Bank of America

46 United States Business #15
45 Sarah Jessica Parker 

Sarah Jessica Parker

Actor and fashion designer

45 United States Lifestyle #8
46 Diane Sawyer 

Diane Sawyer

News anchor

65 United States Media #8
47 Meg Whitman 

Meg Whitman

Gubernatorial candidate, California

54 United States Politics #16
48 Marina Berlusconi 

Marina Berlusconi

Chair, Mondadori and Fininvest Group

44 Italy Business #16
49 Stephenie Meyer 

Stephenie Meyer

Author

37 United States Lifestyle #9
50 Rachel Maddow 

Rachel Maddow

Talk show host

37 United States Media #9
51 Carly Fiorina 

Carly Fiorina

Senatorial candidate, California

56 United States Politics #17
52 Guler Sabanci 

Guler Sabanci

Chair, Sabanci Holding

55 Turkey Business #17
53 Maria Shriver 

Maria Shriver

First Lady, California

55 United States Politics #18
54 Carol Meyrowitz 

Carol Meyrowitz

Chief Executive, TJX companies

57 United States Business #18
55 Serena Williams 

Serena Williams

Athlete

29 United States Lifestyle #10
56 Anna Wintour 

Anna Wintour

Editor-in-Chief, Vogue

61 United States Media #10
57 Andrea Jung 

Andrea Jung

Chief Executive, Avon Products

52 United States Business #19
58 Julia Gillard 

Julia Gillard

Prime Minister

49 Australia Politics #19
59 Abigail Johnson 

Abigail Johnson

President, Fidelity Personal, Workplace and Institutional Services

49 United States Business #20
60 Venus Williams 

Venus Williams

Athlete

30 United States Lifestyle #11
61 Suze Orman 

Suze Orman

Author and personal finance guru

59 United States Media #11
62 Tarja Halonen 

Tarja Halonen

President

67 Finland Politics #20
63 Marjorie Scardino 

Marjorie Scardino

Chief Executive, Pearson PLC

64 United States Business #21
64 Mary McAleese 

Mary McAleese

President

59 Ireland Politics #21
65 Annika Falkengren 

Annika Falkengren

Chief Executive, SEB

49 Sweden Business #22
66 Sheryl Sandberg 

Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

41 United States Business #23
67 Cathleen Black 

Cathleen Black

Chair, Hearst Magazines

66 United States Media #12
68 Cristina Fernandez 

Cristina Fernandez

President

58 Argentina Politics #22
69 Anne Sweeney 

Anne Sweeney

Co-chair, Disney Media Networks

53 United States Business #24
70 Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi 

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Minister of Economy

52 United Arab Emirates Politics #23
71 Chua Sock Koong 

Chua Sock Koong

Group Chief Executive, Singapore Telecommunications

52 Singapore Business #25
72 Gisele Bundchen 

Gisele Bundchen

Model and fashion designer

30 Brazil Lifestyle #12
73 Christiane Amanpour 

Christiane Amanpour

Anchor

53 United States Media #13
74 Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned 

Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned

First Lady

51 Qatar Politics #24
75 Susan Ivey 

Susan Ivey

Chief Executive, Reynolds American

52 United States Business #26
76 Queen Rania Al Abdullah 

Queen Rania Al Abdullah

Monarch

40 Jordan Politics #25
77 Nancy McKinstry 

Nancy McKinstry

Chief Executive, Wolters Kluwer

52 United States Business #27
78 Rachael Ray 

Rachael Ray

Talks show host and author

42 United States Lifestyle #13
79 Nikki Finke 

Nikki Finke

Founder and blogger, Deadline Hollywood Daily

57 United States Media #14
80 Johanna Sigurdardottir 

Johanna Sigurdardottir

Prime Minister

68 Iceland Politics #26
81 Jing Ulrich 

Jing Ulrich

Managing director and chair, China Equities and Commodities, J.P. Morgan Chase

43 United States Business #28
82 Laura Sen 

Laura Sen

Chief Executive, BJ’s Wholesale Club

54 United States Business #29
83 Laura Chinchilla 

Laura Chinchilla

President

51 Costa Rica Politics #27
84 Mary Callahan Erdoes 

Mary Callahan Erdoes

Chief Executive, Asset Management, JP Morgan Chase

43 Business #30
85 Janet L. Robinson 

Janet L. Robinson

Chief Executive and President

60 United States Business #31
86 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf 

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

President

72 Liberia Politics #28
87 Amy Pascal 

Amy Pascal

Co-Chair, Sony Pictures Entertainment

52 United States Business #32
88 Tory Burch 

Tory Burch

Fashion designer

44 United States Lifestyle #14
89 Shikha Sharma 

Shikha Sharma

Chief Executive, Axis Bank

50 India Business #33
90 Sun Yafang 

Sun Yafang

Chair, Huawei Technologies

55 China Business #34
91 Vera Wang 

Vera Wang

Fashion designer

61 United States Lifestyle #15
92 Chanda Kocchar 

Chanda Kocchar

Chief Executive, ICICI Bank

49 India Business #35
93 Danica Patrick 

Danica Patrick

Race car driver

28 United States Lifestyle #16
94 Maha Al-Ghunaim 

Maha Al-Ghunaim

Cofounder and chair, Global Investment House

51 Kuwait Business #36
95 Dilma Rousseff 

Dilma Rousseff

President

63 Brazil Politics #29
96 Donna Karan 

Donna Karan

Fashion designer

62 United States Lifestyle #17
97 Angela Ahrendts 

Angela Ahrendts

Chief Executive, Burberry Group

50 United States Business #37
98 Ellen Alemany 

Ellen Alemany

Chief Executive, Citizens Financial Group

55 United States Business #38
99 Martha Stewart 

Martha Stewart

Lifestyle Guru

69 United States Lifestyle #18
100 Dominique Senequier 

Dominique Senequier

Chief Executive, AXA Private Equity

57 France Business #39

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