Top 25 most inspirational and influential women in the world

There have been so many incredible women who have contributed to the betterment of the world, be it through politics, entertainment, medicine, pop culture, philosophy, science, or sports. Though the list could go on and on, here are top 25 women who have proved to have a great influence on new world. From politics to humanitarianism to culture, each of the following women plays a pivotal role in the world in which we live.

Some are famous, some you may never have heard of. But their influence shapes ALL our lives.This isn’t an all-inclusive list and I’d love for you to join in the conversation by including your favorite in the comments.

1) Angela Dorothea Merkel- Chancellor of Germany, The daughter of a Lutheran pastor and teacher, Merkel grew up in a rural area north of Berlin in the then German Democratic Republic. She studied physics at the University of Leipzig, earning a doctorate in 1978, and later worked as a chemist at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences (1978–1990).

2) Hillary Rodham Clinton- United States Secretary of State

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Hillary Rodham Clinton- United States Secretary of State

3) Sonia Gandhi- Italian-born President of the Indian National Congress and the widow of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance

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Sonia Gandhi- President of the Indian National Congress

4) Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama- First Lady of the United States, wife of the President of the United States Barack Obama

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Michelle Obama- First Lady of the United States

5) Sheila Colleen Bair- Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

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Sheila Colleen Bair- Chairwoman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

6) Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi- Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo [[PEP]]

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Indra Nooyi- Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

7) Cristina Elizabet Fernández de Kirchner- President of Argentina, acted as First Lady during President Néstor Kirchner.

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Cristina Elizabet Fernández de Kirchner- President of Argentina

8) Chanda Kochhar- Managing Director (MD) of ICICI Bank [[IBN]] and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chanda Kochhar- Chief Executive Officer ICICI Bank

Chanda Kochhar- CEO ICICI Bank

9) Christine Lagarde- Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry and Employment of France.

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Christine Lagarde- Minister of Economic Affairs, Industry and Employment of France.

10) Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom- Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen of 16 sovereign countries, Head of the Commonwealth, and Supreme Governor of the Church of England

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Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom

11) Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino- CEO of Pearson PLC [[PSO]], first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company.

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Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino- CEO of Pearson PLC

12) Gail Kelly- CEO at Westpac (Westpac Banking Corporation),first woman CEO of a major Australian bank.

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Gail-Kelly- CEO at Westpac

13) Safra A. Catz- Chief Financial Officer of Oracle Corporation [[ORCL]].

Safra A. Catz- CFO of Oracle Corporation

Safra A. Catz- CFO of Oracle Corporation

14) Anne M. Mulcahy- chairman and former chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation [[XRX]].

Anne M. Mulcahy- chairman of Xerox Corporation

Anne M. Mulcahy- chairman Xerox Corporation

15) Ursula M. Burns- chief executive officer of Xerox [[XRX]], first African-American woman CEO to head a S&P 100 company.

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Ursula M. Burns- chief executive officer of Xerox

16) Carol Ann Bartz- President  and CEO of Yahoo! Inc. [[YHOO]].

Carol Ann Bartz-  CEO of Yahoo! Inc.

Carol Ann Bartz- CEO of Yahoo! Inc.

17) Serena Jameka Williams- American tennis player and the current World Number 1 ranked female player.

Serena Jameka Williams

Serena Jameka Williams

18) Anne Lauvergeon- chief executive officer of AREVA, French multinational conglomerate that is mainly known for nuclear power.

Anne Lauvergeon- CEO of AREVA

Anne Lauvergeon- chief executive officer of AREVA

19) Angela F. Braly- Chief executive officer for WellPoint, Inc.[[WLP]]

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Angela F. Braly- CEO for WellPoint

20)Ellen J. Kullman- President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) [[DD]] [[DDPRB]] in Wilmington and a former director of General Motors.

Ellen J. Kullman- CEO of DuPont

Ellen J. Kullman- Chief Executive Officer of DuPont

21) Irene B. Rosenfeld- Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods Inc. [[KFT]]

Irene B. Rosenfeld- Kraft Foods

Irene B. Rosenfeld- CEO of Kraft Foods

22) Cynthia Carroll- Chief executive officer of Anglo American PLC

Cynthia Carroll- Anglo American PLC

Cynthia Carroll- CEO of Anglo American PLC

23) Verónica Michelle Bachelet Jeria- was President of Chile, the first woman to hold this position in the country’s history.

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Michelle Bachelet former President Chile

24) Yulia Volodymyrivna Tymoshenko- Ukraine’s first female prime minister

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Yulia Tymoshenko- Ukraine's first female prime minister

25) Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan- Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan.

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan

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Bettina is an Executive editor who oversees CEOWORLD Magazine's Internet, lifestyle, education, technologies, and lists & rankings sections. Bettina graduated from Columbia University and holds a master's degree from Georgetown University's Graduate School of Journalism. (bpadurano@ceoworld.biz)