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Meet The Top 9 Most Powerful Women In The World In 2014: Why So Few?

Angela Merkel

When the 2014 Forbes’ 6th annual ranking of “The World’s 72 Most Powerful People” list appeared, Putin Vs. Obama, Narendra Modi, Jack Ma, Satya Nadella, and 30-year-old Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (youngest person on this list) received a lot of attention.

However, what is interesting is that there were only 9 women have made the cut, and for the first time 2 have landed in our top 10. Why So Few?

So, we took a deep dive into Forbes ranking. And here’s what we found:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, lands at No. 5, she is the longest serving leader in the European Union and controls more than $3.6 trillion in GDP, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president at No. 31, and South Korea’s first female president Geun-hye Park at No. 46 on the list.

Together, the three female heads of state (Angela Merkel, Dilma Rousseff, and Park Geun-hye) control more than $7 trillion in combined gross domestic product.

One notable omission from the list, Sonia Gandhi, an Italian-born Indian politician and the President of the Indian National Congress party, who was the highest ranked Indian last year at 21.

Also newly out of office, Jill Abramson (No. 68 on last year’s list) former editor of The New York Times, didn’t make the on new list this year.

The Top 9 Most Powerful Women In The World In 2014

1. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor since 2005, she is also Germany’s first female Chancellor.
Overall Ranking: 5 | Age: 60 | Country: Germany

2. Janet Yellen, a leading American economist and Federal Reserve Board chair.
Overall Ranking: 6 | Age: 68 | Country: United States

3. Dilma Rousseff
Overall Ranking: 31 | Age: 66 | Country: Brazil

4. Christine Lagarde
Overall Ranking: 33 | Age: 58 | Country: France

5. Park Geun-hye
Overall Ranking: 46 | Age: 62 | Country: South Korea

6. Ginni Rometty
Overall Ranking: 55 | Age: 56 | Country:  United States

7. Mary Barra
Overall Ranking: 62 | Age: 52 | Country: United States

8. Gina Rinehart, Executive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting
Overall Ranking: 66 | Age: 60 | Country: Australia

9. Margaret Chan,  Director-General, World Health Organization
Overall Ranking: 67 | Age: 67 | Country: China

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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