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International Women's Day 2020 - By Whatzoff

08/03/2020

NEW YORK (December 12, 2019) – Forbes announced the 16th annual ranking of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The women on Forbes’ 2019 ranking represent women in six categories: business, technology, finance, media & entertainment, politics & policy, and philanthropy. They’re  women who are building billion-dollar brands, calling the shots in the financial markets, and using their enormous platforms to broker agreements, provide aid and drive change.

For the ninth consecutive year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes the No. 1 spot, also marking her 14th total appearance on the list. Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank rose one spot to No. 2. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, returns to the list in the No. 3 spot this year as the highest-ranking and most powerful female elected official in American political history. Rounding out the top five is newcomer Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission (No. 4) and Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors (No. 5).

"This year’s list of World’s Most Powerful Women is a collection of innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine traditional power structures and forge lasting impact in every industry and sphere of influence," said Moira Forbes, Executive Vice President, Forbes and President, ForbesWomen. "As we come to the close of the current decade, our 2019 listees remind us of the huge strides that have been made by women, and the great opportunity they have to define the decade ahead."

“We are seeing more women at the heads of the world’s most influential institutions—the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the U.S. House of Representatives—and more women taking power in c-suites and board rooms across America,” said Maggie McGrath, Editor, ForbesWomen. “Systemic change takes time, but the women on this year’s Power list are wielding their influence across the world to help make that change.”

The 100 women on the 2019 list are builders, disruptors, and innovators in every sector from business to creative worlds, taking a modern, forward-looking view on power. Members of the 2019 Most Powerful Women list represent women in six categories: business (31 honorees), technology (17), finance (12), media & entertainment (14), politics & policy (22), and philanthropy (4). In total, the Power Women control or influence more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and oversee.

The 2019 list spans more than seven generations of influential women, with environmental activist Greta Thunberg becoming the youngest honoree in the list’s history at age 16. With individuals from 32 countries/territories represented, North America maintained the most women on the list at 50, followed by 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.

Twenty-three women made their debut on the 2019 World’s Most Powerful Women list, with notable newcomers including Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of IMF; Greta Thunberg, environmental activist, Jessica Tan, Co-CEO, COO, CIO of Ping An Group in China, Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture; Judith Mckenna, President and CEO of Walmart International; Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister for the Government of India; Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios; Rihanna, entrepreneur and singer/songwriter; and Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General for the United Nations.

Notably, Theresa May, Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was not included on the 2019 list after maintaining the second spot in 2018 due to her resignation from the position this year. Queen Elizabeth, fell 15 spots to No. 38 and Ivanka Trump, First Daughter and Advisor to the President, fell 18 spots to No. 42.

The world’s 100 most Powerful Women 2019 Ranking as per Forbes

 Rank     Name                                                    Age        Country/Territory

#1           Angela Merkel                                       65           Germany

#2           Christine Lagarde                                   64           France

#3           Nancy Pelosi                                          79           United States

#4           Ursula von der Leyen                              61           Germany

#5           Mary Barra                                            58           United States

#6           Melinda Gates                                        55           United States

#7           Abigail Johnson                                      58           United States

#8           Ana Patricia Botín                                   59           Spain

#9           Ginni Rometty                                        62           United States

#10         Marillyn Hewson                                     66           United States

#11         Gail Boudreaux                                      59           United States

#12         Susan Wojcicki                                       51           United States

#13         Isabelle Kocher                                      53           France

#14         Safra Catz                                             58           United States

#15         Kristalina Georgieva                               66           Bulgaria

#16         Julie Sweet                                            52           United States

#17         Emma Walmsley                                    51           United Kingdom

#18         Sheryl Sandberg                                    50           United States

#19         Ruth Porat                                             62           United States

#20         Oprah Winfrey                                       66           United States

#21         Judith McKenna                                     54           United States

#22         Jessica Tan                                            53           China

#23         Ho Ching                                               67           Singapore

#24         Phebe Novakovic                                    61           United States

#25         Shari Redstone                                       65           United States

#26         Amy Hood                                              48           United States

#27         Stacey Cunningham                                45           United States

#28         Jessica Uhl                                             52           Netherlands

#29         Sheikh Hasina Wajed                              72           Bangladesh

#30         Adena Friedman                                     50           United States

#31         Mary Callahan Erdoes                             52           United States

#32         Jane Fraser                                            53           United States

#33         Laurene Powell Jobs                               56           United States

#34         Nirmala Sitharaman                            60           India

#35         Marianne Lake                                       51           UK

#36         Gina Rinehart                                        66           Australia

#37         Kathy Warden                                        48           United States

#38         Jacinda Ardern                                       39           New Zealand

#39         Anne Finucane                                       67           United States

#40         Queen Elizabeth II                                 93           UK

#41         Tsai Ing-wen                                         63           Taiwan

#42         Ivanka Trump                                        38           United States

#43         Rosalind Brewer                                     57           United States

#44         Mingzhu Dong                                        66           China

#45         Erna Solberg                                          59      Norway               

#46         Dana Walden                                          55           United States

#47         Vicki Hollub                                            60           United States

#48         Jennifer Salke                                         54           United States

#49         Jennifer Morgan                                      48           United States

#50         Nicola Sturgeon                                      49           UK

#51         Donna Langley                                       52           UK

#52         Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao                        49          Vietnam

#53         Elvira Nabiullina                                     56           Russia

#54         Roshni Nadar Malhotra                        38           India

#55         Gwynne Shotwell                                    56           United States

#56         Tricia Griffith                                          55           United States

#57         Maggie Wei Wu                                       51           China

#58         Feng Ying Wang                                      50           China

#59         Lynn Good                                              60           United States

#60         Paula Santilli                                           49           Mexico

#61         Rihanna                                                  32           Barbados

#62         Melanie Kreis                                           48           Germany

#63         Hooi Ling Tan                                           35           Malaysia

#64         Bonnie Hammer                                       69           United States

#65         Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw                          66           India

#66         Beyoncé Knowles                                     38           United States

#67         Zhou Qunfei                                            50           Hong Kong

#68         Sophie Wilmes                                         45           Belgium

#69         Jane Jie Sun                                            51           China

#70         Katharine Viner                                        48           UK

#71         Taylor Swift                                             30           United States

#72         Judy Faulkner                                          76           United States

#73         Güler Sabanci                                          65           Turkey

#74         Kathleen Kennedy                                    66           United States

#75         Mette Frederiksen                                    42           Denmark

#76         Sri Mulyani Indrawati                               57           Indonesia

#77         Andrea Marques de Almeida                     48           Brazil

#78         Solina Chau                                            58           Hong Kong

#79         Ava DuVernay                                         47           United States

#80         Zuzana Caputova                                    46           Slovakia

#81         Serena Williams                                      38           United States   

#82         Mary Meeker                                           60           United States

#83         Lam Wai Ying                                          -              Hong Kong

#84         Raja Easa Al Gurg                                    -              UAEmirates

#85         Eliza Manningham-Buller                          71           UK

#86         Jenny Lee                                               47           Singapore

#87         Lee Boo-jin                                             49           South Korea

#88         Ana Brnabic                                            45           Serbia

#89         Meg Whitman                                          63           United States

#90         Reese Witherspoon                                  43           United States

#91         Anne Wojcicki                                          46           United States

#92         Aileen Lee                                               50           United States

#93         Sahle-Work Zewde                                   70           Ethiopia

#94         Dominique Senequier                               66           France

#95         Kirsten Green                                          48           United States

#96         Renuka Jagtiani                                     -              Kuwait

#97         Rania Nashar                                           -              Saudi Arabia

#98         Amina Mohammed                                   58           Nigeria

#99         Margarita Louis-Dreyfus                           57           Switzerland

#100      Greta Thunberg                -                       17           Sweden

Source : Forbes

Salute to all the powerful women

Age 17, Greta Thungberg to Age 93 Queen Elizabeth II and 3 Indian and one Indian origin (Kuwait)

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