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100 most influential female leaders from across the globe for 2019

Mary Barra Julie Sweet

German chancellor Angela Merkel has topped Forbes annual ranking of the most influential female leaders from across the globe for 2019. Coming in second place is Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, followed by Nancy Pelosi, Ursula von der Leyen, and Mary Barra.

Rounding out the top ten is Melinda Gates, Abigail Johnson, Ana Patricia Botin, Ginni Rometty, Marillyn Hewson (No. 10). The 100 Most Powerful Women list for 2019 highlights the female leaders, entrepreneurs, builders, disruptors, innovators, investors, philanthropists, CEOs who Are wielding their influence to drive change. There were 13 billionaires listed on the 100 Most Powerful Women list for 2019, who have a combined net worth of $86.7 billion.

North America maintained the most women on the list at 50, followed by the Asia Pacific with 21, Europe (inclusive of Russia and Turkey) with 18, the United Kingdom with 5, the Middle East with 3, Latin America with 2, and one in Africa.

Most Powerful Women In The World For 2019

1Angela MerkelGermanyChancellor of Germany
2Christine LagardeFrancePresident, European Central Bank
3Nancy PelosiUnited StatesSpeaker, United States House of Representatives
4Ursula von der LeyenBelgiumPresident, European Commission
5Mary BarraUnited StatesCEO, General Motors
6Melinda GatesUnited StatesCo-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
7Abigail JohnsonUnited StatesCEO, Fidelity Investments
8Ana Patricia BotínSpainExecutive Chairman, Santander
9Ginni RomettyUnited StatesCEO, IBM
10Marillyn HewsonUnited StatesCEO, Lockheed Martin
11Gail BoudreauxUnited StatesPresident and CEO, Anthem
12Susan WojcickiUnited StatesCEO, YouTube
13Isabelle KocherFranceCEO, ENGIE
14Safra CatzUnited StatesCEO, Oracle
15Kristalina GeorgievaBulgariaManaging Director, International Monetary Fund
16Julie SweetUnited StatesCEO of Accenture
17Emma WalmsleyUnited KingdomCEO, GlaxoSmithKline
18Sheryl SandbergUnited StatesCOO, Facebook
19Ruth PoratUnited StatesSenior Vice President and CFO, Google
20Oprah WinfreyUnited StatesEntrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist
21Judith McKennaUnited KingdomCEO Walmart
22Jessica TanSingaporeCo-CEO, Ping An Group
23Ho ChingSingaporeExecutive Director and CEO, Temasek
24Phebe NovakovicUnited StatesCEO, General Dynamics
25Shari RedstoneUnited StatesChairwoman, ViacomCBS
26Amy HoodUnited StatesExecutive Vice President and CFO, Microsoft
27Stacey CunninghamUnited StatesPresident, NYSE Group
28Jessica UhlNetherlandsCFO, Royal Dutch Shell
29Sheikh Hasina WajedBangladeshPrime Minister, Bangladesh
30Adena FriedmanUnited StatesPresident and CEO, NASDAQ
31Mary Callahan ErdoesUnited StatesCEO, J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management, Chase
32Jane FraserUnited KingdomPresident, Citigroup
33Laurene Powell JobsUnited StatesFounder and President, Emerson Collective
34Nirmala SitharamanIndiaFinance minister, India
35Marianne LakeUnited KingdomCEO of Consumer Lending, Chase
36Gina RinehartAustraliaExecutive Chairman, Hancock Prospecting
37Kathy WardenUnited StatesCEO Northrop Grumman
38Jacinda ArdernNew ZealandPrime Minister, New Zealand
39Anne FinucaneUnited StatesVice Chairman, Bank of America
40Queen Elizabeth IIUnited KingdomMonarch, United Kingdom
41Tsai Ing-wenTaiwanPresident, Taiwan
42Ivanka TrumpUnited StatesAdvisor to the U.S. President
43Rosalind BrewerUnited StatesCOO, Starbucks
44Mingzhu DongChinaPresident Gree Electric Appliances
45Erna SolbergNorwayPrime Minister, Norway
46Dana WaldenUnited StatesChairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment, Walt Disney
47Vicki HollubUnited StatesCEO and President, Occidental Petroleum
48Jennifer SalkeUnited States Amazon Studios chief
49Jennifer MorganUnited StatesCo-CEO, SAP SE
50Nicola SturgeonUnited KingdomFirst Minister of Scotland
51Donna LangleyUnited KingdomChairman, Universal Pictures, Comcast
52Thi Phuong Thao NguyenVietnamChairman, Sovico Holdings
53Elvira NabiullinaRussiaGovernor, Central Bank of Russia
54Roshni Nadar MalhotraIndiaCEO and Executive Director, HCL Enterprise
55Gwynne ShotwellUnited StatesPresident and COO, SpaceX
56Tricia GriffithUnited StatesPresident and CEO, Progressive Insurance Company Ltd.
57Maggie Wei WuChinaCFO Alibaba Group
58Feng Ying WangChinaCEO, Great Wall Motor Company
59Lynn GoodUnited StatesCEO, Duke Energy
60Paula SantilliMexicoCEO, PepsiCo Latin America
62Melanie KreisGermanyCFO, Deutsche Post
63Hooi Ling TanSingaporeCOO Grab Holdings
64Bonnie HammerUnited StatesChairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios
65Kiran Mazumdar-ShawIndiaManaging Director, Biocon
66Beyonce KnowlesUnited StatesMusician
67Zhou QunfeiHong KongCEO, Lens Technology
68Sophie WilmesBelgiumPrime Minister of Belgium
69Jane Jie SunChinaCEO, Ctrip
70Katharine VinerUnited KingdomEditor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media
71Taylor SwiftUnited StatesMusician
72Judy FaulknerUnited StatesCEO and Founder, Epic Systems
73Guler SabanciTurkeyManaging Director, Sabanci Holding
74Kathleen KennedyUnited StatesPresident, Lucasfilm
75Mette FrederiksenDenmarkPrime Minister, Denmark
76Sri Mulyani IndrawatiIndonesiaMinister of Finance, Indonesia
77Andrea Marques de AlmeidaBrazilCFO Petrobras
78Solina ChauHong KongDirector, Li Ka Shing Foundation
79Ava DuVernayUnited StatesFilmmaker, producer and director
80Zuzana CaputovaSlovakiaPresident, Slovakia
81Serena WilliamsUnited StatesAthlete, Tennis
82Mary MeekerUnited StatesGeneral Partner, Bond Capital
83Lam Wai YingHong KongChairman, Biel Crystal
84Raja Easa Al GurgUnited Arab EmiratesManaging director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
85Eliza Manningham-BullerUnited KingdomChair, Wellcome Trust
86Jenny LeeSingaporeManaging Partner, GGV Capital
87Lee Boo-jinSouth KoreaPresident and CEO, Hotel Shilla
88Ana BrnabicSerbiaPrime Minister, Serbia
89Meg WhitmanUnited StatesCEO, Quibi
90Reese WitherspoonUnited StatesActress
91Anne WojcickiUnited StatesCofounder and CEO, 23andMe
92Aileen LeeUnited StatesFounder and General Partner, Cowboy Ventures
93Sahle-Work ZewdeEthiopiaPresident, Ethiopia
94Dominique SenequierFranceFounder and President, Ardian
95Kirsten GreenUnited StatesFounder and Managing Partner, Forerunner Ventures
96Renuka JagtianiIndiaChairwoman & CEO Landmark Group
97Rania NasharSaudi ArabiaCEO, Samba Financial Group
98Amina MohammedNigeriaDeputy Secretary-General, United Nations
99Margarita Louis-DreyfusSwitzerlandPresident, Louis Dreyfus SAS
100Greta ThunbergSwedenEnvironmental activist

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