Forbes – The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women List 2012

Posted on September 21, 2021 by Emily

Forbes has released its 2012 listing of the world’s most powerful women.   For the second year in a row, Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel grabs the number on spot on the list, followed by US secretary of state Hilary Clinton, then Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rousseff.

The highly respected business publication refers to Merkel as the ‘“Iron Lady” of Europe, pointing out how she remains “lead player in the eurozone economic drama that continues to threaten global markets.”

Hilary Clinton comes in at number 2, gaining much applause for urging Syrian President Bashar Assad to forfeit power, she also earns more cred for warning North Korean leader Kim Johg Un to chart a different course than that of his militant father. Rallying around the secretary of state, Forbes notes supporters remain hopeful of Clinton making a presidential run.

Following in third place, Forbes cites Rousseff for her leadership and handling of the world’s eighth-largest economy, also taking into account approval ratings among her own people.

Melinda Gates a practicing Catholic and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ranks number 4, for using her money, power and influence to challenge the Vatican over its unbending position on birth control.

India’s Sonia Gandhi scrambles up the power ladder and now ranks 6th  on the most powerful women in the world list – that’s one step ahead of the US President’s wife.

America’s first lady Michelle Obama strides in at number 7. Forbes says her “positive approval ratings register at 66%”.  The publication also notes, “The first lady keeps a high profile with her mission to end childhood obesity, her commitment to military families and her stylish fashion picks.”

IMFs Managing director Christine Lagard slides in at number 8.  The former French cabinet minister has been making the list since its 2004 inception.

For the first time this year’s the most powerful women list features former American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, and Laurene Powell Jobs, billionaire-philanthropist and widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.  Others featured on the list include singersBeyonce and Lady Gaga, model Gisele Bundchen, fashion designers Miuccia Prada and Diane von Furstenberg.

Dominated mainly by politicians, businesswomen and media figures the prestigious list features 8-heads of state, one monarch, 11-billionaires and 25-CEOs.

ISL News notes with interest that the average age of the 100-power-brokers is 55 and together these women have a whopping 90-million plus Twitter followers.

Forbes says their world’s 100 most powerful women list “is ranked by money controlled, media presence and impact.”

Below are the Top 10 takers on the “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list:

1. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany

2. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State

3. Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil

4. Melinda Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor, The New York Times

6. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress Party

7. Michelle Obama, US First Lady

8. Christine Lagarde, Head of International Monetary Fund

9. Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security

10. Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

“These power women exert influence in very different ways and to very different ends, and all with very different impacts on the global community,” said Moira Forbes, president and publisher of ForbesWoman.

Originally posted on August 26, 2012 @ 7:57 am