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Most Powerful Women in the World 2010

The following table lists the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. The women range from first ladies to divas, CEOs to a reality TV star.

Rank Name Title Category
1. Michelle Obama First Lady politics
2. Irene Rosenfeld Chief Executive, Krafts Food business
3. Oprah Winfrey media personality media
4. Angela Merkel German Chancellor politics
5. Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State politics
6. Indra Nooyi Chief Executive, PepsiCo business
7. Lady Gaga Singer and performance artist lifestyle
8. Gail Kelly Chief Executive, Westpac, Australia business
9. Beyonce Knowles Singer and fashion designer lifestyle
10. Ellen DeGeneres Talk show host media
11. Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House politics
12. Angela Braly Chief Executive, Wellpoint business
13. Janet Napolitano Secretary, Homeland Security politics
14. Cynthia Carroll Chief Executive, Anglo American business
15. Sheila Bair Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation politics
16. Sarah Palin Political maverick and commentator media
17. Mary Schapiro Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission politics
18. Ellen Kullman Chief Executive, DuPont business
19. Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court Justice politics
20. Ursula Burns Chief Executive, Xerox business