DemDaily: The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

December 6, 2018

The business magazine, Forbes, released its 2018 rankings of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women this week.

Angela Merkel #1 for eighth year (pic: Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

Now in its 15 year, the annual list represents the best and the brightest of women who are leading the way across the globe in 29 countries. In total, 50% of the power players are from United States.

From tech entrepreneurs and media moguls to heads-of-state and corporate CEOs, CFOs and COOs, the group collectively wields "influence over more than a billion people around the world and control or influence nearly $2 trillion in revenues."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel retained the top spot, followed by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.  The top American on the list was General Motors CEO Mary Barra at #4.

The 2018 Most Powerful Women List recognizes women in six categories: business (27), technology (18), finance (12), media & entertainment (16), politics & policy (22), and philanthropy (5)

The youngest on the list of influencers is entertainer Taylor Swift, 28. The oldest is Queen Elizabeth II at 92.

The World's Most Powerful Women List 2018 (Top 25)
Rank Name Age Country Category Position
#1 Angela Merkel 64 Germany Politics Chancellor
#2 Theresa May 62 United Kingdom Politics Prime Minister
#3 Christine Lagarde 62 France Economy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
#4 Mary Barra 56 United States Automotive CEO, General Motors
#5 Abigail Johnson 56 United States Finance and Investments CEO, Fidelity Investments
#6 Melinda Gates 54 United States Philanthropy/NGO Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
#7 Susan Wojcicki 50 United States Technology CEO, YouTube
#8 Ana Patricia Botín 58 Spain Finance and Investments Chair and Executive Director, Banco Santander
#9 Marillyn Hewson 64 United States Manufacturing CEO, Lockheed Martin
#10 Ginni Rometty 61 United States Enterprise Technology CEO, IBM

 

Mary Bara

General Motors CEO Mary Bara ranked US' most powerful woman

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki #7

US supreme court

SCOTUS Justices Kagan, 57, Ginsberg, 85, & Sotomayor, 62, are ranked #19

Opra

Oprah came in at #20

 

Rank Name Age Country Category Position
#11 Sheryl Sandberg  49  United States Technology CEO, Facebook
#12 Gail Boudreaux 58  United States Healthcare President & CEO, Anthem
#13 Angela Ahrendts 58  United States Technology Senior Vice President, Retail, Apple
#14 Safra Catz  56  United States Technology Co-CEO, Oracle
#15 Isabelle Kocher 51 France Energy CEO, ENGIE
#16 Adena Friedman 49  United States Finance and Investments President & CEO, NASDAQ
#17 Ho Ching 65 Singapore Diversified Executive Director and CEO, Temasek
#18 Emma Walmsley 49 United Kingdom Healthcare CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
#19 Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor  -- United States Politics United States Supreme Court Associate Justices 
#20 Oprah Winfrey 64 United States Media and Entertainment Entrepreneur, Personality, Philanthropist
#21 Ruth Porat 61 United States Technology Senior Vice President & CFO, Alphabet
#22 Laurene Powell Jobs 55 United States Education Founder & President, Emerson Collective
#23 Queen Elizabeth II 92 United Kingdom Politics Monarch, United Kingdom
#24 Ivanka Trump 37 United States Politics Advisor to the President, United States
#25 Phebe Novakovic 60 United States Diversified CEO, General Dynamics

#74, Shonda Rhimes, Producer, Screenwriter, Author, Shondaland

#77, Arriana Huffington, Author and Founder/CEO, Thrive Global

#42 Anne Funicane, Vice Chair, Bank of America

#50, Entertainer Beyonce Knowles

 

Methodology: Forbes uses four metrics each year: money (either net worth, company revenues, assets, or GDP); media presence; spheres of influence; and impact, analyzed both within the context of each woman's field (media, technology, business, philanthropy/NGOs, politics, and finance) and outside of it. As of this ear, social media power was included in the media presence and influence score.

See Forbes' Full List of 100

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