Forbes released World’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2016 list

The world’s most powerful woman in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who fetched the first spot for six years running.

Created On: Jun 8, 2016 16:03 ISTModified On: Jun 8, 2016 16:04 IST

Angela MerkelForbes on 6 June 2016 released the list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2016 showing women who impacted businesses, media, philanthropy, politics and more.

Four metrics: money (net worth, company revenues or GDP), media presence, spheres of influence, and impact, were analysed to prepare the list.

Highlights of the List

The world’s most powerful woman in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who fetched the first spot for the sixth consecutive year.

The top three most powerful in the list are politicians: Germany’s Angela Merkel, U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, tops the list in the automotive section.

Gwynne Shotwell, the President-COO of SpaceX, is the top woman in Construction & Engineering at 76th position.

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of International Monetary Fund, fetched the 6th spot.

Diane von Furstenberg, Owner, Fashion Designer, Diane von Furstenberg Studio, L.P., stands at 71th position in the Fashion and Retail category.

Oprah Winfrey stands at 21st position in the ranking.

Newcomers joining this year’s list include seven world leaders, two philanthropists, five CEOs, two billionaires, one editor-in-chief, two company chairpersons, and three U.S. Supreme Court justices.

20 women are off the list from last year, among them Ellen Pullman, Renee James, Dilma Rousseff, Cristina Kirschner, and Elizabeth Holmes.

A host of celebrities, including Ellen Degeneres, Taylor Swift, and Angelina Jolie, came off the list this year.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen are included in this year’s list.

Wellcome Trust chair Eliza Manningham-Buller  and UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova join a host of women who are dedicated to helping solve the world’s problems.

Top 10 powerful women in the List




Angela Merkel


Hillary Clinton


Janet Yellen


Melinda Gates


Mary Barra


Christine Lagarde


Sheryl Sandberg


Susan Wojcicki


Meg Whitman


Ana Patricia Botín

Indian Women in the list

Four Indians have been named in Forbes list including Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chair-Managing Director of State Bank of India (SBI), who stood at 25th position.

Chanda Kochhar, MD and CEO of ICICI Bank, was placed at 40th position.

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Founder-chair of Biocon Limited, was placed at 77th position.

Shobhana Bhartia, Chair, HT Media, was placed at 93rd position.

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