Girl Power: Forbes Releases Its Most Powerful Women List


Did her majesty make this year’s power list? [Photo: Rex Features]

Let’s hear it for the girls, actually make that women. Forbes Magazine has released its 100 Most Powerful Women in the World list and as per it’s pretty goddam inspiring.

The annual roundup gives a nod to the world’s smartest, toughest and most creative female business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, CEOs and philanthropists. So who made this year’s cut?

It’s probably no surprise that first on the list was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been named number-one Power Woman for six years running, making it the 11th time in total she has held the number-one spot. Impressive!


Impressive! Angela Merkel takes the top spot for the 6th consecutive year [Photo: Rex Features]

She was followed by US Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton in second. Third place went to the Chair of the Washington Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, with Melinda Gates ranked in fourth and the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra, completing the top five.

As her husband Barack serves his final year in office US First Lady, Michelle Obama falls to #13. While Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in at number 7.


Nicola Sturgeon makes her first appearance on this year’s power list [Photo: Rex Features]

The global list includes 51 women from the United States but six women from the UK also made the grade.

Nicola Sturgeon, was the second highest-ranked female from the UK behind the Queen at 29, in the latest list from the US business magazine. Coming in at No 50, the SNP leader featured for the first time among the world’s most influential figures.


Her majesty Queen Elizabeth II is 29th on the list this year, ranking her as the most powerful British woman in the world [Photo: Rex Features]

The other British women who made it onto the list are Bank of England deputy governor Nemat Shafik, who is know as Minouche, at number 59, Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner at 68, Zanny Minton Beddoes, editor-in-chief of the Economist, at 78 and chair of the Wellcome Trust, Eliza Manningham-Buller, who is a new entry at 88.

Other notable entries on the list include Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, at number six, US talk show host Oprah Winfrey at 21, compared to 12 in 2015, and Anna Wintour, at 28.

There are 20 new names on this year’s list, including world leaders, philanthropists, CEOs, billionaires and an editor-in-chief.


Both Taylor Swift and Angelina Jolie dropped off this year’s list [Photos: Rex Features]

The list seems to have seen something of a celebrity cull this year. Last year Taylor Swift, at 25, was the youngest person ever to be included in the list, but she has dropped off this year along with Ellen DeGeneres and Angelina Jolie who also slipped out of the top 100, making way for a more political and entrepreneurial list.

Shout out to all the inspiring and powerful women shaping the world, ladies we salute you!

To see the complete 100 click over to Forbes website.

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