The list of the World’s Most Powerful Women in 2015 was released by Forbes magazine on Tuesday. The list of women covers politics throughout the world, big business, and high finance. Of the 25 women named, number one for a fifth year in a row is German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Her responsibilities include Mediterranean migrants, Russian sanctions, homegrown spying scandals, Eurozone stability and the trail following the infamous Germanwings crash.
Number two on the list is United States presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to Yahoo! News’ report on the list. Mrs. Clinton has now appeared on the list 12 years in a row. Her credits include being a former United States senator, secretary of state and – according to the report – an influential personality. Last year, Clinton was number six on the list.
In creating the list, Forbes says it does an annual audit of the foremost heads of state, iconic entrepreneurs and CEOs, as well as celebrity role models, billionaire activist, and pioneer philanthropists. The initial pool of candidates number over 300 and come from around the globe. There are eight categories or power bases in the selection process which are billionaires, business, celebrity, finance, media philanthropy and intergovernmental organizations, politics and technology. Then, these women are ranked by money, the spheres of influence and impact, and their momentum on media.
The 25 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2015: Forbes
- Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
- Hillary Rodham Clinton – Presidential candidate in the United States
- Melinda Gates – Co-chairwoman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the United States
- Janet Yellen – Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank in the United States
- Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors in the United States
- Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in France
- Dilma Rousseff – President of Brazil
- Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook in the United States
- Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube in the United States
- Michelle Obama – the First Lady in the United States
- Geun-hye Park – President of South Korea
- Oprah Winfrey – media mogul in the United States
- Virginia Rometty – CEO of IBM in the United States
- Meg Whitman – CEO of HP in the United States
- Indra Nooyi – CEO of Pepsico in the United States
- Cristina Kirchner – President of Argentina
- Irene Rosenfeld – CEO of Mondelez in the United States
- Ana Botin – Chairman of Banco Santander in Spain
- Abigail Johnson – CEO of Fidelity Investments in the United States
- Marillyn Hewson – Chairman of Lockheed Martin in the United States
- Beyonce Knowles – entertainer and entrepreneur in the United States
- Marissa Mayer – CEO of Yahoo in the United States
- Helen Clark – Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in New Zealand
- Safra Catz – Co-CEO of Oracle in the United States
- Angela Ahrendts – Senior Vice President of Apple in the United States
Even though the United States was unable to grab the number one spot, it does hold 18 of the 25 – or 72 percent of the positions on the list. Besides Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama squeaked in the top ten at number ten. Entertainment-wise, Oprah Winfrey of OWN made the list at number 12 and singer Beyonce Knowles is number 21.