According to Forbes, in a world where women are increasingly taking their places among the movers and shakers planning policy and determining destiny, these are the most powerful of the lot.
In order from 1 to 5, the following women have made it to the top of the list of Forbes Most Powerful Women in the World:
1. Angela Merkel: As the Chancellor of Germany Merkel makes decisions that will affect the almost 82 million German citizens, in addition to the influence she has on the European and world communities.
2. Hillary Clinton: Successful American politician Clinton is the Secretary of State of the United States, and as such she helps form foreign policy which the US follows.
3. Dilma Rousseff: The President of Brazil Dilma Rouseff leads this South American country which is populated with over 192 million people, the only Lusophone country in the Americas, and the world’s largest.
4. Melinda Gates: As the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda controls the “largest transparently operated private foundation” in the world, bestowing on her considerable power to “make a difference.” The foundation has already given away 28 billion dollars making a meaningful and significant difference in the world.
5. Jill Abramson: On June 2, 2011 Ms. Abramson became the executive editor of the world’s most prestigious newspaper, The New York Times, bringing the most reliable and important news stories to readers all over the globe.