The World’s Most Powerful Women
FOR THE SIXTH YEAR running, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is die Nummer eins on our ranking. (Hillary Clinton, for now, is stuck at number two). Nearly a third of these women lead a nation or play a major role in its policymaking; together they govern or directly influence more than 3.6 billion people. Nearly half run a global company; nine have built a billion-dollar business. In all, they control some $1 trillion in revenue.
Four metrics determine this list: money (personal fortune, company sales, national GDP); media presence; influence exerted across multiple spheres; and success at effecting change within one’s organization, company or country. KEY BY INDUSTRY billionaire politics business media tech giving finance 19 Federica Mogherini 33 Loretta Lynch 20 Safra Catz 34 Ursula Burns 21 Oprah Winfrey 35 Lucy Peng 22 Helen Clark 36 Sheikh Hasina Wajed 23 Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Kagan 37 Sri Mulyani Indrawati