Most Powerful Women in the World 2016

Updated July 10, 2020 | 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.

Rank Name Title
1. Angela Merkel Chancellor of Germany
2. Hillary Clinton Presidential candidate
3. Janet Yellen Chair, Federal Reserve
4. Melinda Gates Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
5. Mary Barra CEO, General Motors
6. Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
7. Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook
8. Susan Wojcicki CEO, YouTube, Google
9. Meg Whitman CEO, Hewlett-Packard
10. Ana Patricia Botín Chair, Santander Group, Banco Santander
11. Virginia Rometty CEO, IBM
12. Geun-hye Park President, South Korea
13. Michelle Obama First Lady, United States
14. Indra Nooyi CEO, PepsiCo
15. Angela Ahrendts SVP, Retail, Apple
16. Abigail Johnson President-CEO, Fidelity Investments
17. Tsai Ing-wen President, Taiwan
18. Michelle Bachelet President, Chile
19. Federica Mogherini High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, European Union
20. Safra Catz Co-CEO, Oracle

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