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Forbes announces 10th anniversary of the 'World's 100 Most Powerful Women' list

Top 25 Most Powerful Women of 2014

Forbes today announced its 10th anniversary of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (No. 1) topping this year's list for the fourth consecutive year and nine times in total. She is followed by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at No. 2 and Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gatesonce again at No. 3. Dilma Rouseff, President of Brazil, falls two spots to No. 4. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, moves up two spots to No. 5.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra (No. 7) is the subject of the Forbes cover story, "GM's Power Shift." In her first interview since the GM safety crisis erupted, Barra discusses her conversations with parents of the victims of GM's faulty ignition switches, all the work that lies ahead to repair GM's reputation and how she is using the crisis to accelerate much needed culture change inside GM. The story comes just days before GM is scheduled to release the findings of its internal investigation of what went wrong and what it plans to do to ensure it never happens again.

Moira Forbes, Forbes President and Publisher of Forbes Woman, said, "As we mark the 10th anniversary of publishing the World's 100 Most Powerful Women list, these impressive women from around the world continue to make a dramatic, lasting impact on our global footprint and in all aspects of our lives."

Members of the 2014 ranking represent women in 8 categories: technology, politics, business, finance, media, entertainment, philanthropy and NGOs, as well as billionaires. Finance was broken out from business as a new category this year. To determine the rank within each category as well as overall rank on the list of 100, Forbes applied four metrics: money, media, impact and spheres of influence.

The list features nine heads of state who run nations with a combined GDP of $11.1 trillion with 641 million citizens -- including the No. 1 Power Woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 28 corporate CEOs control $1.7 trillion in annual revenues. Eighteen of the women on the list founded their own companies or foundations, including the youngest self-made billionaire on the list, Sara Blakely, 43. There are 13 billionaires valued in excess of $81 billion. The 100 women on the list have a combined social media footprint that exceeds 812 million followers.

Among the 18 newcomers on this year's list are U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen (No. 2); Elvira Nabiullina (No. 72), Gov., Bank of Russia; Arundhati Bhattacharya (No. 36), Chair, State Bank of India; Renee James (No. 37), Intel;Lucy Peng (No. 53), Alibaba; Samantha Power (No. 63); Adena Friedman (No. 69), Nasdaq; Patricia Harris (No. 80), Bloomberg Philanthropies; Yao Chen (No. 83), actress; Judith Faulkner (No. 84); Shuli Hu (No. 87); Gwynne Shotwell (No. 90), SpaceX; Fatima Al Jaber (No. 94), Al Jaber group; Folorunsho Alakija (No. 96), billionaire; and Lila Tretikov (No. 99), Wikipedia.

AOL's Makers series has featured 12 of the women featured on the Forbes list. Learn their incredible stories by watching their videos at the corresponding links below.

Hillary Clinton

Sheryl Sandberg

Susan Wojcicki

Oprah Winfrey

Marissa Meyer

Meg Whitman

Ursula Burns

Nancy Pelosi

Ellen DeGeneres

Angela Ahrendts

Arianna Huffington

Diane von Furstenberg


Angela Merkel Tops Forbes' List Of 100 Most Powerful Women

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abudotcom May 28 2014 at 12:31 PM

Mrs Obama & Beyonce ? Really?

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Lori May 28 2014 at 1:05 PM

what? A women who is a hip hop artist and you can not understand one word she sings and hardly has clothes on and wiggles her hips is on this list. Something is terrible wrong. Sorry a half dressed women who shows her body in public no matter if she has money is trailer trash

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greatbirdusa May 28 2014 at 12:32 PM

Hillary Clinton isn't 66, she is 69... ;-)
If she is a "world powerful woman" then so is my dog Foxy.
And Foxy has both 'power' and integrity so obviously
Foxy would have a higher rating than Hillary.

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npnozie May 28 2014 at 12:47 PM

LOL LOL DON'T KILL ME!! beyonce? hehehehe

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vafilec_39 May 28 2014 at 12:47 PM

Beyoncé...who? Is she on some reality show? What?

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mzladysmiling May 28 2014 at 12:48 PM

Whaaaaa.......
Where is Kim Kardashien??????
Not there.... I can't hardly believe it.....


Plz note sarcasm...... ;)

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vafilec_39 May 28 2014 at 12:49 PM

Hillabeans. Lotsa Wind. No aforethought to human life. Poor Bill, shoulda kept Monica.

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Sel4fun May 28 2014 at 1:12 PM

Sick of reading and hearing about all these filthy rich people. They have more money then they could spend in a lifetime and there are hungry children all over the world including the good ole U.S.A. If all the filthy rich people in the world would share their wealth then maybe the World wouldn't be so bad. Don't sit there and tell me they earned it, it is all the little people that are starving and can't pay their bills that keep the wheels running in this Country. Yet they are suppressed and the rich keep getting richer.

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Steve May 28 2014 at 12:58 PM

Influential within their own spheres, perhaps. Powerful? definitely not.

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mvnup May 28 2014 at 12:46 PM

It's my wife or my girlfeind they are neck and neck.

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