The most powerful women in the world
Forbes recently announced the "Top 100 most powerful women in the world 2016."
The top 10 positions are occupied by women who are active in politics or business. With Americans making up 70% of this contingent, the result clearly shows that women have increasing opportunities to become prime minister, president, or CEO of a big company in US and Europe.
In terms of evaluating the candidates, 300 women from all over the world were selected and classified into eight different categories (super wealthy, business, celebrities, economy, media, charity, politics, technology, governmental organizations). Ranking has been determined by each candidate’s wealth, media momentum, and spheres of influence.
There are 25 women from Asia and the Middle East, with the highest position at No. 12, filled by Park Geun-hye, the 18th President of the Republic of South Korea. From a country perspective, China contributes the largest number of candidates, occupying five positions. From Hong Kong, there is Solina Chau, director of the Li Ka Shing Foundation, at No. 81, Zhou Qunfei at No.61, and Pollyanna Chu at No. 42.
The Top 10 most powerful women in the world for 2016 are outlined in the list below
10th Ana Patricia Botín (Spain) – Chair, Santander Group, Banco Santander
A Spanish banker and member of the Botín family which has run Banco Santander for four generations.
9th Meg Whitman (US) – CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Formerly CEO of Hewlett Packard, she is now CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, formed when the business split last year. She was previously at Procter & Gamble, Hasbro, Dreamworks and CEO of eBay.
8th Susan Wojcicki (US) – CEO, Youtube
Appointed as a CEO of Youtube in 2014 from Google’s advertising business. She is a career woman and a super mom, with five children. She promotes maternity leave as a woman's right.
7th Sheryl Sandberg (US) – COO, Facebook
After working as chief of staff to the US Secretary of the Treasury, she moved to Google as Vice-President of Global Online Sales and Commerce. Subsequently, she was hired by Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. She was appointed as COO in 2012 and is a key contributor to Facebook’s success.
6th Christine Lagarde (France) – Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
She has had a variety of careers, including working as a lawyer and a politician; perhaps unexpectedly, she used to be a synchronised swimming athlete. She has been Minister of Finance in France, a director of law firm, Baker & McKenzie, and now managing director of the IMF. She is the first woman to secure this “triple crown” of distinguished achievements.
5th Mary Barra (US) – CEO, General Motors (GM)
Barra grew up in North Detroit famed for its association with the auto industry. She studied electronic engineering at General Motors Research US (now Kettering University), and was effectively a pioneer in a heavily male-dominated industry. After serving as a vice-president in the international division of GM, she was appointed in 2014 as CEO of the company, the first woman to achieve this position. After just two weeks in this role, GM was afflicted with a huge range of problems relating to product recalls. She received worldwide plaudits for her expert handling of the issue.
4th Melinda Gates (USA) – Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Together with her husband, Bill Gates, she established the philanthropic organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Before marriage, she was an academic, with a bachelor degree in computer science and economics. She worked at Microsoft. She avoids a super wealthy image and prefers to live as “normally” as possible.
3rd Janet Yellen (USA) – 15th Chair of Board of Governors of Federal Reserve (FRB)
After graduating from Yale University, she became an assistant professor and professor at Harvard University and Haas Business School. In 1994, she became a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Next, she was appointed as Chair of President Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers. She worked as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and was appointed as the first woman chair of Federal Reserve in 2014.
2nd Hillary Clinton (USA) – Democratic Nominee for US President
More than just "the wife of President Clinton", Hillary Clinton has attracted both popular support and opposition in equal measures. After getting married, she built her career as a lawyer, and then began a role of supporting her husband as an adviser. Following on from her election as first female senator from New York in 2000, she was a presidential candidate in 2008, and is the nominee of the Democratic Party for President in the 2016 election.
1st Angela Merkel (Germany) – Chancellor of Germany since 2005
Originally a research scientist and physicist, she went into politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 2005, she became the first woman to be appointed as Chancellor of Germany. Health care reform, energy issues and her government’s approach to the refugee crisis, have been key focus areas during her Chancellorship. She is a big soccer fan.
Ranking of women from Asia and the Middle East
■100th Jenny Lee (Singapore) – Managing Partner, GGV Capital
■98th Lee Boo-Jin (Korean) – CEO, Shilla Hotel CEO
■93rd Shobhana Bhartia (India) – Chairperson, HT Media
■91st Raja Easa Al Gurg (UAE) – Managing director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
■81st Solina Chau (Hong Kong) – Co-founder, Horizons Ventures
■77th Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (India) – Chairman & managing Director, Biocon Ltd.
■69th Feng Ying Wang (China) – CEO, Great Wall Motor Company Limited
■65th Lubna S. Olayan (Saudi Arabia) – CEO, Olayan Financing Company
■63rd Dong Mingzhu (China) – Chairman, President, Gree Electric Appliances
■69th Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (Vietnam) – Cofounder & chairman, Sovico Holdings
■61st Zhou Qunfei (Hong Kong) – Founder, Lens Technology
■58th Peng Liyuan (China) – First Lady, China
■52nd Bidya Devi Bhandari (Nepal) – President, Nepal
■43nd Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi (UAE) – Minister of Tolerance, United Arab Emirates
■42nd Pollyanna Chu (Hong Kong) – CEO, Kingston Securities
■40th Chanda Kochhar (India) – Managing Director, CEO, ICICI Bank
■38th Margaret Chan (China) – Director General, WHO
■37th Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Indonesia) – Managing Director, World Bank
■36th Sheikh Hasina Wazed (Bangladesh) – Prime Minister, Bangladesh
■35th Lucy Peng (China) – CEO Ant Financial Services Group, Alibaba Group
■30th Ho Ching (Singapore) －CEO, Temasek Holdings
■26th Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar) – State Counselor, Myanmar
■25th Arundhati Bhattacharya (India) – Chair-Managing Director, State Bank of India
■17th Tsai Ing-wen (Taiwan) – President of Taiwan
■12th Park Geun-hye (South Korea) – President of South Korea