Merkel keeps power women top spot

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Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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The Queen is the 41st most powerful woman in the world in the annual Forbes’ 100 list which is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fifth year in a row.

The formidable trio of global powerbrokers and international influencers Mrs Merkel, US presidential candidate Hilary Clinton and philanthropist Melinda Gates sit at the top of the list.

At 89 years of age the Queen, who has dropped from number 35 last year, is the oldest person in the rankings while 25-year-old Grammy-award winning singer Taylor Swift, at number 64, is the youngest.

Just three Britons made its in the Forbes magazine list by US figures.

The low-profile Deputy Governor of the Bank of England Nemal Shafik is the highest new British entry at number 66 while Guardian Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner is a newcomer at number 80.

A Forbes spokesman said: “The Queen has been on the Most Powerful Women list every year since its inception in 2004. She is a constant. Her moving six spots, a small change in the broad view, represents the dynamism and ebb and flow of the list. Every year it changes based on who makes the cut and their relative successes over the past year.”

There are 15 billionaires with a net worth of 73.3 billion dollars (£47bn) which does not include Melinda Gates, 24 chief executives and 19 newcomers in this year’s power list.

The eight heads of state, including Mrs Merkel, and one monarch on the list govern nations with a combined GDP of 9.1 trillion dollars (£5.9trn). This year’s power women have a combined social media footprint that includes 474 million Twitter and YouTube followers.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief, is highest new entry at 36 followed by Polish Prime minister Ewa Kopacz at 40.

Among such powerful company which includes US First Lady Michelle Obama at 10, media mogul Oprah Winfrey at number 12, singer Beyonce at 21, actress and human rights acitvist Angelina Jolie at 54, Google executive Ruth Porat at 32 and Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirlea at 96 there is no place for Lady Gaga and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.

Burma’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who became an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the face of oppression, is another notable figure who has dropped off the list.

These are the most influential women whose power bases is founded on them being billionaires or involved in the worlds of business, finance, celebrity/entertainment, media, politics, philanthropists, non governmental organisations and technology, according to Forbes.

Money, media, impact and spheres of influence were used by the Fobes panel to pick the 100.

The top 10 are:

:: Angela Merkel, aged 60, – German Chancellor

:: Hillary Clinton, 67, – US Presidential Candidate and former Secretary of State

:: Melinda Gates, 50, – Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from the US

:: Janet Yellen, 68, – US Federal Reserve Bank Chair from the US

:: Mary Barra, 53, – General Motors chief exeuctive from the US

:: Christine Lagarde, 59, – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, from France

:: Dilma Rousseff, 67, – Brazilian President

:: Sheryl Sandberg, 45, – Facebook Chief Operating Office from the US

:: Susan Wojcicki, 46, – YouTube Chief executive YouTube from the US

:: Michelle Obama, 51, – US First Lady

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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