Thursday, 23 August 2012

Queen Of England Is 20th Most Powerful Woman In The World As Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Sits On 81st Position – Forbes

At 86, the Queen is the oldest in Forbes magazine’s list of 100.

Having played a starring role in her own Diamond Jubilee celebration and taken a turn as a Bond Girl in the space of a few months, the Queen’s profile has perhaps never been higher.

Yesterday she entrenched her position on the international stage by being named the 26th most powerful woman in the world..

Yaay! I’m No. 20 – Duchess of Cambridge and Queen of England

The Jubilee celebrations helped her jump 23 places from last year, along with events such as her visit to Northern Ireland – which saw her shake hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

At 86, the Queen is the oldest woman on a list that represents leading figures in politics, technology, entertainment and philanthropy. There is no sign of the Duchess of Cambridge, who graced magazine covers across the world after her wedding to Prince William.

Instead, Kate, 29, is tipped by the magazine as a woman to watch over the coming year as she embarks on her charity work.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the top spot as the world’s most powerful woman, commended for her leadership in the eurozone crisis

For the second year running, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the list, cited as the ‘lead player in the eurozone economic crisis’ and praised for embracing social media by answering citizens’ questions on YouTube.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hold their second and third places respectively.

U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is second on the list for the second year running

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff retains third place

Clinton is planning to bow out of public life after the upcoming American elections in November, despite praise for her handling of the WikiLeaks diplomatic cables crisis, while Rousseff is enjoying approval rates of 77 per cent among Brazilians ahead of running for another term in 2014.

The women on the list were ranked according to influence, the amount of money they control or earn, and media presence.
Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, rises one place to number six in the list since last year, while U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama moves up from eight to seventh.

The list featured newcomers such as actress and performer Jennifer Lopez and the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, a billionaire philanthropist.

Burmese pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi rises from 26 to 19 in the 2012 Forbes rankings.

Leading figures from the media include Oprah Winfrey at 11, Diane Sawyer at 23, and British-born U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour at 51.
Celebrities such as singers Lady Gaga (ranked 14) and Shakira (number 40) are lauded for their charity work.

Notable exclusions from this year’s list include Republican politicians Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann after failed bids for the White House. In 2011 they were ranked 22 and 34 respectively.

Former World Bank Vice-President and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Sits Comfortably On The 81st Spot

Forbes said: ‘So many of these women are in policy or political roles, and their influence … is only growing so it’s not surprising that someone like Merkel or Clinton would continue to be present on the list year to year.’

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