The World’s Most Pow­er­ful Women

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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

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