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Most Powerful Women in the World 2011

The following table lists the most powerful women in the world, according to Forbes. The women range from presidents to divas, CEOs to a mining tycoon.

Rank Name Title Category
1. Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany politics
2. Hillary Clinton U.S. Secretary of State politics
3. Dilma Rousseff President of Brazil politics
4. Indra Nooyi Chief Executive, PepsiCo business
5. Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook business
6. Melinda Gates Cofounder, Cochair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation non-profit
7. Sonia Gandhi President of Indian National Congress politics
8. Michelle Obama First Lady politics
9. Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund non-profit
10. Irene Rosenfeld CEO, Kraft Foods business
11. Lady Gaga entertainer celebrity / lifestyle
12. Jill Abramson NY Times Executive Editor media
13. Kathleen Sebelius Secretary of Health and Human Services politics
14. Oprah Winfrey Media Personality media
15. Janet Napolitano Secretary of Homeland Security politics
16. Susan Wojcicki SVP, Advertising, Google business
17. Cristina Fernandez President of Argentina politics
18. Beyoncé Knowles Entertainer, Designer celebrity / lifestyle
19. Georgina Rinehart Mining Tycoon billionaire
20. Cher Wang Cofounder, Chair, HTC; VIA Technologies business

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