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Most Powerful Women In The World, 2016

From politics to business, women are breaking barriers and burying old stereotypes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has topped our list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, 2016, followed by the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Melinda Gates, co-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, takes the No. 3 slot on the list, in order: Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, and Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, among others.

Here’s our list of the most powerful women in the world today – a definitive guide to the extraordinary female icons, ceiling crashers, and game changers.

We’ve got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.

Most powerful women in the world, 2016

1Angela MerkelGermanyGerman Chancellor
2Hillary ClintonUnited StatesFormer Secretary of State
3Melinda GatesUnited StatesCo-chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4Janet YellenUnited StatesChair of the US Federal Reserve
5Christine LagardeFranceHead of the International Monetary Fund
6Theresa MayUnited KingdomPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
7Mary BarraUnited StatesCEO and Chairman, GM
8Sheryl SandbergUnited StatesCOO at Facebook
9Meg WhitmanUnited StatesCEO and President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
10Susan WojcickiUnited StatesCEO, YouTube
11Park Geun-hyeSouth KoreaPresident of South Korea
12Ginni RomettyUnited StatesCEO, Chairman, and President, IBM
13Ana Patricia BotínSpainExecutive chairman of Santander Group
14Angela AhrendtsUnited StatesSVP, Retail and Online Stores at Apple Inc
15Abigail JohnsonUnited StatesCEO and President at Fidelity Investments
16Michelle ObamaUnited StatesFirst Lady US
17Indra NooyiUnited StatesCEO and Chairman, PepsiCo
18Michelle BacheletChilePresident ,Chile
19Federica MogheriniItalyEU foreign affairs chief
20Tsai Ing-wenTaiwanPresident of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
21Safra CatzUnited StatesCo-CEO at Oracle
22Marillyn HewsonUnited StatesCEO, Chairman, and President at Lockheed Martin
23Helen ClarkNew ZealandAdministrator of the United Nations Development Programme
24Oprah WinfreyUnited StatesTalk show host
25Arundhati BhattacharyaIndiaManaging director of the State Bank of India
26Ruth PoratUnited StatesCFO, Google and Alphabet
27Anna WintourUnited StatesVogue editor
28Aung San Suu KyiMyanmarForeign Affairs Minister of Myanmar
29Ho ChingSingaporeChief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings
30Adena FriedmanUnited StatesPresident of NASDAQ
31Irene RosenfeldUnited StatesCEO and Chairman at Mondelez International
32Queen Elizabeth IIUnited KingdomQueen of the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth
33Ursula BurnsUnited StatesCEO and Chairman at Xerox
34Lucy PengChina CEO, Ant Financial Services, Alibaba Group, Co founder of Alibaba Group
35Loretta LynchUnited StatesAttorney General of the United States
36Sri Mulyani IndrawatiIndonesiaIndonesian economist
37Chanda KochharIndiaDirector-general of the World Health Organization
38Margaret ChanChinaDirector-general of the World Health Organization
39Pollyanna ChuHong KongBillionaire businesswoman
40Drew Gilpin FaustUnited StatesPresident of Harvard University
41Sheikh Hasina WajedBangladeshPrime Minister of Bangladesh
42Amy HoodUnited StatesCFO and EVP at Microsoft
43Sheikha Lubna Al QasimiUAEUAE's Minister of State for Tolerance
44Samantha PowerUnited StatesUnited States Ambassador to the United Nations
45Beth ComstockUnited StatesVice Chair at General Electric
46Bonnie HammerUnited StatesChair, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group at Comcast
47Laurene Powell JobsUnited StatesBusiness woman and known as widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs
48Ertharin CousinUnited StatesExecutive Director of the World Food Programme
49Gina RinehartAustraliaMining magnate & Australia's richest woman
50Dana WaldenUnited StatesChief Executive Officer of Fox Broadcasting Company
51Kolinda Grabar-KitarovićCroatiaPresident of Croatia
52Phebe NovakovicUnited StatesCEO and Chairman at General Dynamics
53Nicola SturgeonScotlandFirst Minister of Scotland
54Elvira Sakhipzadovna NabiullinaRussiaTatar born-Russian economist and head of the Central Bank of Russia
55Marissa MayerUnited StatesYahoo President and CEO
56Rosalind BrewerUnited StatesCEO and President, Sam's Club at Walmart
57Bidya Devi BhandariNepalPresident of Nepal
58Nemat (Minouche) ShafikUnited KingdomDeputy Governor of the Bank of England
59Güler SabanciTurkeyChairman and managing director of Sabancı Holding
60Susan CameronUnited StatesCEO and President at Reynolds American
61Mary ErdoesUnited StatesCEO, JPM Asset Management at JPMorgan Chase
62Nguyen Thi Phuong ThaoVietnamPresident & CEO of VietJet Air
63Peng LiyuanChinaWife of the President of China Xi Jinping also referred to as the "Chinese First Lady".
64Zhou QunfeiHong KongFounder and CEO of Lens Technology
65Dong MingzhuChinaPresident of Gree Electric
66Lubna S. OlayanSaudi ArabiaSaudi business woman
67Katharine VinerUnited KingdomEditor-in-Chief at The Guardian
68Feng Ying WangChinaCEO of Great Wall Motor Company
69Donna LangleyUnited KingdomChairman of Universal Pictures
70Diane von FurstenbergUnited StatesFashion designer
71Tory BurchUnited StatesFashion designer
72Kiran Mazumdar-ShawIndiaChairman and managing director of Biocon Limited
73Miuccia PradaItalyFashion designer
74Zanny Minton BeddoesUnited KingdomEditor-in-Chief for The Economist
75Arianna HuffingtonUnited StatesCo-founder, Huffington Post
76Dalia GrybauskaitėLithuaniaPresident of Lithuania
77Mary Jo WhiteUnited StatesChair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
78Kaci Kullmann FiveNorwayNorwegian businessperson
79Gwynne ShotwellUnited StatesPresident and Chief operating officer of SpaceX
80Judy FaulknerUnited StatesCEO and founder of Epic Systems
81Fabiola GianottiItalyCERN's Director General
82Folorunsho AlakijaNigeriaNigerian businesswoman
83Solina ChauHong KongBusinesswoman
84Lynn GoodUnited StatesCEO, Chairman, and President at Duke Energy
85Heather BreschUnited StatesCEO at Mylan
86Irina BokovaBulgariaDirector-General of UNESCO
87Eliza Manningham-BullerUnited StatesDirector General of MI5
88Sara BlakelyUnited StatesFounder of Spanx
89Mary MeekerUnited StatesVenture capitalist
90Ellen Johnson-SirleafLiberiaPresident of Liberia
91Shobhana BhartiaIndia Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group
92Shikha SharmaIndiaManaging Director & CEO of Axis Bank
93Debra CafaroUnited StatesChief Executive Officer of Ventas
94Risa Lavizzo-MoureyUnited StatesCEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
95Lee Boo-JinSouth KoreaBusinesswoman and eldest daughter of Samsung Group Chairman
96Raja Easa Al GurgUnited StatesManaging Director of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
97Beth Brooke-MarciniakUnited StatesGlobal Vice Chair of Public Policy for EY
98Greta Van SusterenUnited StatesTelevision news anchor
99Jenny LeeSingapore Managing Partner, GGV Capital
100Ameenah Gurib-FakimMauritiusPresident, Mauritius
101Helena FoulkesUnited StatesPresident of CVS/pharmacy, EVP of CVS Health
102Cathy EngelbertUnited StatesCEO, Deloitte LLP
103Pam NicholsonUnited StatesCEO and President at Enterprise Holdings
104Tricia GriffithUnited StatesCEO and President at Progressive
105Ann-Marie CampbellUnited StatesEVP, U.S. stores at Home Depot
106Debra ReedUnited StatesCEO and Chairman at Sempra Energy
107Denise MorrisonUnited StatesCEO and President at Campbell Soup
108Karen LynchUnited StatesPresident at Aetna
109Sandra (Sandi) PetersonUnited StatesGroup Worldwide Chairman at Johnson & Johnson
110Marianne LakeUnited StatesCFO at JP Morgan Chase
111Margaret KeaneUnited StatesCEO and President at Synchrony Financial
112Vicki HollubUnited StatesCEO and President at Occidental Petroleum
113Judith McKennaUnited StatesEVP and COO, Walmart U.S. at Walmart
114Barbara RentlerUnited StatesCEO at Ross Stores
115Kathleen MurphyUnited StatesPresident, Personal Investing at Fidelity Investments
116Carolyn TastadUnited StatesGroup President North America at Procter & Gamble
117Julie SweetUnited StatesGroup CEO North America at Accenture
118Lynne DoughtieUnited StatesCEO and Chairman at KPMG U.S.
119Marni WaldenUnited StatesEVP/President, Product Innovation and New Businesses at Verizon Communications
120Bridget Van KralingenUnited StatesSVP, Industry Platforms at IBM
121Shari BallardUnited StatesSenior EVP and President, U.S. Retail at Best Buy
122Diane BryantUnited StatesEVP and GM, Data Center Group at Intel
123Mary MackUnited StatesSenior EVP and Head of Community Banking at Wells Fargo
124Crystal HanlonUnited StatesPresident, Northern Division at Home Depot
125Anne FinucaneUnited StatesVice Chairman at Bank of America
126Jane FraserUnited StatesCEO, Latin America at Citigroup
127Debra CrewUnited StatesCOO/President, R.J. Reynolds at Reynolds American
128Isabelle KocherFranceChief executive officer of Engie (known as GDF Suez)
129Chua Sock KoongSingaporeGroup Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SingTel
130Alison CooperUnited KingdomChief executive officer (CEO) of Imperial Tobacco
131Annika FalkengrenSwedenPresident and Group Chief Executive of the Swedish bank Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)
132Ornella BarraUnited KingdomCo-chief operating officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance
133Li DangChinaPresident at China General Technology Group Holding Ltd
134Wan Ling MartelloSwitzerlandHead of Asia, Oceania, and Africa, Nestlé
135Patricia BarbizetFranceCEO, Artemis; CEO & Chairman, Christie's International, Groupe Artemis
136Rose Lee Wai MunHong KongVice Chair, CEO, Hang Seng Bank
137Véronique LauryUnited KingdomCEO, Kingfisher, a UK based retail group
138Maria RamosSouth AfricaGroup CEO, Barclays Africa Group
139Dominique SenequierFrancePresident, Ardian
140Carolyn McCallUnited KingdomCEO, EasyJet
141Serpil TimurayUnited KingdomRegional CEO, AMAP, Vodafone
142Nancy McKinstryNetherlandsCEO and Chairman, Wolters Kluwer
143Wu YajunChinaChairman, Longfor Properties
144Kwon Seon-jooSouth KoreaCEO and Chairman, Industrial Bank of Korea
145Moya GreeneUnited KingdomCEO, Royal Mail
146Isabelle EaletUnited KingdomGlobal Co-Head of Securities, Goldman Sachs
147Dominique LeroyBelgium CEO, Proximus
148Wei Sun ChristiansonChinaCo-CEO Asia-Pacific, CEO China, Morgan Stanley
149Maggie Wei WuChinaCFO, Alibaba
150Emma WalmsleyUnited KingdomCEO, GSK Consumer Healthcare, GSK
151Jennifer LiChinaCFO, Baidu
152Rachel DuanChinaSVP, GE; CEO and President, GE China, General Electric
153Jean LiuChinaPresident, Didi Chuxing
154Tsai (Patty) Pei-ChunTaiwanCEO, Pou Chen Group
155Sun YafangChinaChairman, Huawei Technologies
156Alison BrittainUnited KingdomCEO, Whitbread
157Erica MannSwitzerlandHead of Consumer Health Division, Bayer
158Boo-Jin LeeSouth KoreaCEO, Hotel Shilla
159Margarita Louis-DreyfusSwitzerlandChairperson of Supervisory Board, Louis Dreyfus Holding
160Rakefet Russak-AminoachIsraelCEO and President, Leumi Group
161Ann CairnsUnited KingdomPresident, International Markets, MasterCard
162Anne RichardsUnited KingdomCEO, M&G Investments
163Nancy SouthernCanadaCEO, Chair and President, ATCO
164Marina BerlusconiItalyExec. Chairman, Fininvest; Chairman, Mondadori
165Alison WatkinsAustraliaGroup Managing Director, Coca-Cola Amatil
166Linda HasenfratzCanadaCEO, Linamar
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