World’s Most Powerful Women – 2008 – Forbes Magazine

Note: Okay, this is a very late post. I found it in my draft section; for whatever reason, I forgot all about it after making a draft post. Anyways, even though it’s no longer current it may still be relevant for those of you looking for this info.

And the world’s most powerful woman in 2008 is …….. “underwear model” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is according to Forbes Magazine and here’s the explanation for her top ranking:

With $3.3 trillion in GDP, Germany is Europe’s biggest economy, and Merkel’s reforms are sparking a rebound, with unemployment falling (although consumer confidence just hit a five-year low). She pushed through a later retirement age, put more women in senior government posts, and raised payments to new parents. Bulldozes through controversy: hosted the Dalai Lama, chastised Mugabe, and wants to make the euro a bigger player in global financial markets as the dollar wanes. Also trying to make Germany more eco-friendly with steep greenhouse-gas cuts. Europeans voted her their most influential politician. — Tatiana Serafin – [Forbes Magazine]

The rest of the power list follows:





1. Angela Merkel: Chancellor, Germany
2. Sheila C. Bair Chair, FDIC, U.S.
3. Indra K. Nooyi Chair, CEO, PepsiCo, U.S.
4 .Angela Braly, CEO, president, WellPoint, U.S.
5. Cynthia Carroll, CEO , Anglo American, U.K.
6. Irene B. Rosenfeld Chair, CEO, Kraft Foods, U.S.
7. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, U.S.
8. Ho Ching, CEO , Temasek Holdings, Singapore
9. Anne Lauvergeon, CEO, Areva, France
10. Anne Mulcahy , Chair, Xerox Corp., U.S.
11. Gail Kelly , CEO, Westpac Bank, Australia
12. Patricia A. Woertz, Chair/CEO, Archer Daniels Midland, U.S.
13. Cristina Fernandez, President, Argentina
14. Christine Lagarde, Finance Minister, France
15. Safra A. Catz, President & CFO, Oracle U.S.
16. Carol B. Tome, EVP & CFO, Home Depot, U.S.
17. Yulia Tymoshenko, Prime Minister, Ukraine
18. Mary Sammons Chair, CEO & President, Rite Aid U.S.
19. Andrea Jung Chair, CEO, Avon U.S.
20. Marjorie Scardino ,CEO, Pearson PLC U.K.
21. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress Party, India
22. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey ,CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Fnd. U.S.
23. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister, Indonesia
24. Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, CDC, U.S.
25. Michelle Bachelet, President, Chile
26. Ellen Alemany ,CEO, Royal Bank of Scotland Americas U.S.
27. Carol Meyrowitz ,CEO, The TJX Cos. U.S.
28. Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Senator, New York U.S.
29. Hynd Bouhia, Dir-Gen, Casablanca SX, Morocco
30. Anne Sweeney, President, Disney-ABC TV Group U.S.
31. Valentina Matviyenko, Governor, St. Petersburg, Russia
32. Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount TV Group, U.S.
33. Ann Livermore, EVP, Hewlett-Packard U.S.
34. Marina Berlusconi, Chair, Finivest Group, Italy
35. Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker, U.S.
36. Oprah Winfrey Chair, Harpo U.S.
37. Gulzhan Moldazhanova ,CEO, Basic Element, Russia
38. Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Laureate, Myanmar
39. Lynn Laverty Elsenhans ,CEO & president, Sunoco U.S.
40. Melinda Gates, Co-founder, Gates Foundation U.S.
41. Gloria Arroyo, President, Philippines
42. Jane Mendillo, President & CEO, Harvard Mgt Co. U.S.
43. Linda Z. Cook, Exec Dir, Royal Dutch Shell, Netherlands
44. Laura Bush, First Lady, U.S.
45. Brenda Barnes ,CEO, Sara Lee U.S.
46.Christine Poon, Vice Chair, Johnson & Johnson, U.S.
47. Neelie Kroes, Competition Commissioner, EU
48. Amy Woods Brinkley, Global Risk Exec, Bank of America, U.S.
49. Susan E. Arnold, President, GBU, Procter & Gamble, U.S.
50. Susan Decker, President, Yahoo!, U.S.
51. Ana Patricia Botin, Chair, Banesto, Spain
52. Tzipora Livni, Vice PM/Foreign Affairs Minister, Israel
53. Dominique Senequier ,CEO, AXA Equity, France
54. Amy Pascal Co-chair, Sony Pictures, U.S.
55. Ursula Burns, President, Xerox, U.S.
56. Helen Clark, Prime Minister, New Zealand
57. Laura Desmond ,CEO, Starcom MediaVest Grp, U.S.
58. Queen Elizabeth II, Queen, U.K.
59. Mayawati Kumari, Chief minister, Uttar Pradesh, India
60. Judy McGrath, Chair & CEO, MTV , U.S.
61. Meredith Vieira, Co-anchor, Today Show, NBC, U.S.
62. Katie Couric, Anchor, CBS Evening News, CBS, U.S.
63. Barbara Walters, Correspondent, ABC News, U.S.
64. Sallie Krawcheck Chair/CEO, Global Wealth Mgt, Citigroup, U.S.
65. Diane Sawyer Anchor, GMA, ABC News, U.S.
66. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President, Liberia
67. Janice Fields, COO & EVP, McDonald’s U.S.
68. Zhang Xin ,CEO, co-founder, Soho China
69. Zaha Hadid, Founder, Zaha Hadid Architects, U.K.
70. Yang Mian Mian, President, Haier, China
71. Tarja Halonen, President, Finland
72. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice, U.S.
73. Hyun Jeong-Eun Chair, Hyundai Group, South Korea
74. Mary McAleese, President, Ireland
75. Guler Sabanci, Chair, Sabanci Holding Turkey
76. Drew Gilpin Faust, President, Harvard Univ, U.S.
77. Lisa M. Weber, President, Ind’l Business, MetLife U.S.
78. Dora Bakoyannis, Foreign Minister, Greece
79. Beth Brooke Global, vice chair, Ernst & Young, U.S.
80. Lee Myung-Hee, Chair, Shinsegae Group, South Korea
81. Susan M. Ivey, CEO, Reynolds American, U.S.
82. Nancy McKinstry, CEO, Wolters Kluwer, Netherlands
83. Janet L. Robinson, President/CEO, New York Times, U.S.
84. Margaret Chan, Dir-Gen, WHO, Switzerland
85. Clara Furse ,CEO, London Stock Exchange U.K.
86. Ellen J. Kullman, EVP, DuPont U.S.
87. Susan Desmond-Hellmann, Pres, product dev’t, Genentech, U.S.
88. Eva Cheng , CEO, Greater China & Southeast Asia, Amway China
89. Maha Al-Ghunaim, Chair, Global Investment House, Kuwait
90. Christina Gold , CEO, Western Union, U.S.
91. Christiane Amanpour, Intl. Correspondent, CNN, U.S.
92. Pamela Nicholson, President, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, U.S.
93. Ann Moore, Chair/CEO, Time Inc., U.S.
94. Sharon Allen, Chair, Deloitte, U.S.
95. Jing Ulrich, Chair, JPMorgan Chase China Equities, China
96. Queen Rania Al-Abdullah, Queen, Jordan
97. Virginia Rometty, SVP, IBM Global, U.S.
98. Georgina Rinehart, Owner, Hancock Prospecting, Australia
99. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chair, Biocon, India
100. Paula Rosput Reynolds ,CEO, Safeco U.S.