For the ninth year running, Angela Merkel has been named the most powerful woman in the world. German Chancellor was joined in the top spots by fellow prominent female political leaders. European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde moved up one place this year to 2nd position.
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi took 3rd place and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen fourth. The top five was rounded out by Mary Barra, the chairman, and CEO of General Motors.
From world leaders to musicians, actors, activists, and business execs, well, the list sure surprised me — and gave me a good LOL. Don’t shoot the messenger. We’re as confused as you are.
This year’s top 100 most influential female leaders from across the globe list featured women from six categories — business (31); technology (17); finance (12); media and entertainment (14); politics and policy (22); and philanthropy (4). Together, they control or influence more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and oversee nearly 6.5 million employees. Ahead, see 2019’s most powerful women in the world.
Take a look at the top 10 most powerful women in the world
- Angela Merkel, Germany Chancellor of Germany
- Christine Lagarde, France, President, European Central Bank
- Nancy Pelosi, United States, Speaker, United States House of Representatives
- Ursula von der Leyen, Belgium, President, European Commission
- Mary Barra, United States, CEO, General Motors
- Melinda Gates, United States, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Abigail Johnson, United States, CEO, Fidelity Investments
- Ana Patricia Botín, Spain, Executive Chairman, Santander
- Ginni Rometty, United States, CEO, IBM
- Marillyn Hewson, United States, CEO, Lockheed Martin
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