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Forbes Announced 13th Annual World’s Most Powerful Women List

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New York based Forbes announced the 2016 list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The progress of women leaders has been doubled and we could see number of women leaders since 2005. The women leaders are managing more than 3.6 million people and play a vital role in improving the economic conditions in their country.

Forbes’ Top 20 World’s Most Powerful Women:
1Angela MerkelChancellor, Germany
2Hillary Rodham ClintonPresidential Candidate, U.S.
3Janet YellenU.S. Federal Reserve Bank Chair, U.S.
4Melinda GatesCo-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S.
5Mary BarraCEO, General Motors, U.S.
6Christine LagardeManaging Director, International Monetary Fund, U.S.
7Sheryl SandbergCOO, Facebook, U.S
8Susan WojcickiCEO, YouTube, U.S.
9Meg WhitmanCEO, HP, U.S.
10Ana Patricia BotínChair, Santander Group, Banco Santander
11Ginni RomettyCEO, IBM, U.S.
12Park Geun-hyePresident, South Korea
13Michelle ObamaFirst Lady, U.S.
14Indra NooyiCEO, PepsiCo, U.S.
15Angela AhrendtsSenior Vice President, Apple, U.S.
16Abigail JohnsonCEO, Fidelity Investments, U.S.
17Tsai Ing-WenPresident, Taiwan
18Michelle BacheletPresident, Chile
19Federica MogheriniForeign Policy Chief, European Union, Italy
20SafraCatzCo-CEO, Oracle, U.S

The women leaders were listed under seven categories:

  • Billionaires
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Politics
  • Philanthropists
  • NGOs

Features of the ranking:

  • The list includes the winning national elections women in Taiwan, Nepal, Croatia and Scotland
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel maintains the top position on the list for the sixth consecutive year
  • The United States identifies 51 women on the list
  • China recognises 9 women on the list

Criteria to identify the powerful women:

  • Money Value (personal fortune, company sales, national GDP)
  • Media presence
  • Influence exerted across all spheres
  • Victory at implementing change within one’s organization, company or country

Four Indians In Forbes List Of World’s ‘Most Powerful Women’

Four Indians In Forbes List Of World's 'Most Powerful Women'

1 – Ms. Bhattacharya, 60, ranked 25th on the list, is facing her “most challenging test” yet with State Bank of India facing mounting bad loans, which stood at USD 11 billion in December.

2 – Ms Kochhar comes in on the 40th spot and Forbes said as boss of the country’s largest private-sector lender, Ms. Kochhar, 54 has to contend with the “current bane of India’s banking system: bad loans.”

3 – Ms. Mazumdar-Shaw is ranked 77th on the list. The 63-year old “self-made” business leader positioned Biocon as a large player in insulin and her company is the only Asian firm ranked among the top 20 biotech employers worldwide by Science magazine.

4 – Ms. Bhartia is ranked 93rd on the list and the 59-year-old media baroness serves as chairperson and editorial director for India’s largest listed media company, HT Media.

US-based Indian-origin Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive of PepsiCo is ranked 14th on the list.