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Most Powerful Women in the World

Updated January 19, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Women leading some of the world's most influential organizations

Forbes, who also famously publishes lists of the world's wealthiest people and companies, also puts out a list of the world's most powerful women. These are women who hold major influence in shaping public policy and opinion, and who control large parts of the global economy. They include world leaders and CEOs of major corporations. 

RankNameAgeTitle
1Angela Merkel65Chancellor of Germany
2Christine Lagarde64Managing director, International Monetary Fund
3Nancy Pelosi79Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
4Ursula von der Leyen61President of the European Commission
5Mary Barra58CEO of General Motors
6Melinda Gates55Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
7Abigail Johnson58CEO of Fidelity Investments
8Ana Patricia Botín59Chair of Santander Bank
9Ginni Rometty62CEO of IBM
10Marillyn Hewson66CEO of Lockheed Martin
11Gail Boudreaux59CEO of Anthem
12Susan Wojcicki51CEO of Youtube
13Isabelle Kocher53CEO of Engie
14Safra Catz58CEO of Oracle
15Kristalina Georgieva66Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
16Julie Sweet52CEO of Accenture
17Emma Walmsley51CEO of GlaxoSmithKline
18Sheryl Sandberg50COO of Facebook
19Ruth Porat62CEO of Alphabet
20Oprah Winfrey66Media mogul

Source: Forbes, 2019