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.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.
|#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|
|#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|
|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.|
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