Published On: Aug 23 2012 12:54:35 PM CDTUpdated On: Mar 09 2015 02:00:00 AM CDT
Each year, Forbes ranks the most powerful women in the world based on both the traditional classifications of power (political and economic might) and those who have risen to the top of the social and cultural landscape.
Here's Forbes' newest list of the world's most powerful women.
10. Virginia Rometty. President and CEO, IBM
9. Sheryl Sandberg. COO, Facebook
8. Michelle Obama. First lady, United States
7. Mary Barra. CEO, General Motors
6. Hillary Clinton. Philanthropist, Former U.S. Secretary of State
5. Christine Lagarde. Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
4. Dilma Rousseff. President of Brazil
3. Melinda Gates. Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2. Janet Yellen. Chair of the Federal Reserve
1. Angela Merkel. Chancellor, Germany. The world's No. 1 most powerful woman has earned the top spot on the Forbes list of Most Powerful Women In The World nine times.
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