Most Powerful Women in the World

Updated March 26, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

The following table lists the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. The women range from presidents to CEOs to philanthropists.

Most Powerful Woman in the World Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel continues to hold the top spot. Source: AP Photo/Michael Sohn

1.Angela MerkelChancellor of Germany
2.Theresa MayPrime Minister of the United Kingdom
3.Melinda GatesCo-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
4.Sheryl SandbergCOO, Facebook
5.Mary BarraCEO, General Motors
6.Susan WojcickiCEO, YouTube, Google
7.Abigail JohnsonPresident-CEO Fidelity Investments
8.Christine LagardeManaging director, International Monetary Fund
9.Ana Patricia BotínChair, Santander Group, Banco Santander
10.Ginni Rometty CEO, IBM
11.Indra NooyiCEO, PepsiCo
12.Meg WhitmanCEO, Hewlett-Packard
13.Angela AhrendtsSVP, Retail, Apple
14.Laurene Powell Jobs President, Emerson Collective
15.Tsai Ing-wenPresident, Taiwan
16.Michelle BacheletPresident, Chile
17.Federica MogheriniHigh Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
18.Safra CatzCo-CEO, Oracle
19.Ivanka TrumpAdvisor to the President, The White House, United States
20.Adena FriedmanPresident-CEO, Nasdaq