The Chancellor of Germany since November 2005, Angela Merkel has been ranked among the ten most influential people in the world by Forbes magazine. Merkel ranks 4th on the 2018 list of 75 of the world’s most powerful. Angela Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union throughout her tenure as Chancellor.
Merkel is followed by an unexpected newcomer, British Prime Minister Theresa May (ranked 14th), who is leading her country through Brexit. May is followed by Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, (ranked 22nd); GM CEO Mary Barra (ranked 53rd); and Abigail Johnson (ranked 70th) round out the five women on the list.
Well, if you are a woman looking for some good news about gender parity, a quick scan of the Forbes list can make for depressing reading. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj CEO and Editorial Director at the CEOWORLD magazine had said, “There are only five women on the list, perhaps a reflection of the obstacles women still face in a male-dominated world. While they may still be in the minority when it comes to leadership, the women on the list are making real changes.”
A total of 5 women made it onto the 2018 list — 6.6 percent of the world’s influential people are women, to be precise. True, 5out of 75 isn’t many.
The World’s five most powerful Women for the year 2018:
1. Angela Merkel (4th spot), Germany
Angela Merkel, Chancellor, Germany (No. 4), remains the world’s most powerful woman. Having just been re-elected, the most powerful woman in the world shows no sign of relinquishing her crown.
2. Theresa May (14th spot), United Kingdom
United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May is the second most influential woman in the world for 2018.
3. Christine Lagarde, (22nd spot), France
Christine Lagarde, Head of the International Monetary Fund, found herself at the 22nd spot. She had previously been the first female chairwoman of law firm Baker & Mackenzie.
4. Mary Barra, (53rd spot), United States
Marry Barra, CEO of General Motors took the 53rd spot. The 55-year-old was the first woman to hold the position and has overseen the company’s move into technology. This year, she also joined Disney’s board.
5. Abigail Johnson, (70th spot), United States
President and CEO of Fidelity Investments, Abigail Johnson, took the 70th ranking in the list. Johnson’s company is determined to tackle sexual abuse at her company and in the industry.
Who runs the world? Not girls
Chinese President Xi Jinping dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin (ranked 2nd) to become the most influential person on the planet. U.S. President Donald Trump (rank 3), Angela Merkel (rank 4) and Amazon chief Jeff Bezos round out the top five influential persons on the list.
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