Who’s the world’s most powerful woman? Angela, of course
German leader tops Forbes list of most influential women, followed by Yellen, Gates
German’s Angela Merkel claims accolade for fourth year in a row: Photograph: Christoph Schmidt/EPA
Forbes magazine has ranked Germany’s Angela Merkel the most powerful woman in the world for the fourth year in a row in the annual list dominated by politicians, businesswomen and media figures.
The list named women involved in policymaking, entertainment, technology and nonprofit organisations, among other fields.
They were ranked according to influence, the amount of money they control or earn, and media presence.
Forbes said the 100 women have a combined social media footprint of more than 812 million followers.
There were three business executives, all Americans, in the top ten.
Mary Barra, the new General Motors boss, took the seventh slot, alongside Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, who came in at number nine, and Virginia Rometty, chief executive of IBM, who was ranked 10th.