Meet the 10 Most Powerful Women in the World

by Angela Nazworth | August 24, 2012 10:05 am

[1]Heads of state, philanthropists, journalists, celebrity powerhouses and CEOs of large corporations make up Forbes‘ annual list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women[2].

Out of the 27 CEOs on the list, seven of them are relatively new chiefs[3]: Yahoo‘s (NASDAQ:YHOO[4]) Marissa Mayer, Avon‘s (NYSE:AVP[5]) Sheri McCoy, Hewlett-Packard‘s (NYSE:HPQ[6]) Meg Whitman, Laura Lang who heads Time Warner‘s (NYSE:TWX[7]) Time Inc., IBM‘s (NYSE:IBM[8]) Ginni Rometty, Rosalind Brewer from Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT[9]) subsidiary Sam’s Club, and Maria das Gracas Silva Foster of Brazil’s Petrobras.

The highest-ranking businesswoman on the list is Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[10]) COO Sheryl Sandberg (pictured above). While Sandberg may not officially run the world’s largest social media outlet, the fact that she’s been a game-changer for the company goes without question.

Here’s a quick look at the ten women who topped Forbes list of powerful women.

  1. Angela Merkel[11]: Chancellor, Germany
  2. Hillary Clinton[12]: Secretary of State, U.S.
  3. Dilma Rousseff[13]: President, Brazil
  4. Melinda Gates[14]: Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  5. Jill Abramson[15]: Executive Editor, New York Times Co.
  6. Sonia Gandhi[16]: President, Indian National Congress, India
  7. Michelle Obama[17]: First Lady, U.S.
  8. Christine Lagarde[18]: Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  9. Janet Napolitano[19]: Secretary, Department of Homeland Security, U.S.
  10. Sheryl Sandberg[20]: COO, Facebook

See the complete list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women[21] at

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  21. The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women: http://The%20World

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