Forbes Announces 10th Anniversary Of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women List

May 28 2014, 7:40am CDT | by

General Motors CEO Mary Barra Graces the Cover

Angela Merkel Retains No. 1 Ranking; 18 Newcomers To List

New York, NY (May 28, 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 Gates, once 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 ForbesWoman, said “As we mark the 10thanniversary 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, Gov., Bank of Russia (No. 72); 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; Lila Tretikov (No. 99), Wikipedia.

RANK NAME TITLE, COUNTRY
1 Angela Merkel Chancellor, Germany
2 Janet Yellen U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Chair, U.S.
3 Melinda Gates Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, U.S.
4 Dilma Rouseff President, Brazil
5 Christine Lagarde Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, U.S.
6 Hillary Rodham Clinton Former Secretary of State
7 Mary Barra CEO, General Motors, U.S.
8 Michelle Obama First Lady, U.S.
9 Sheryl Sandberg COO, Facebook, U.S
10 Virginia Rometty CEO, IBM, U.S.
11 Park Geun-hye President, South Korea
12 Susan Wojcicki CEO, You Tube, U.S.
13 Indra Nooyi CEO, PepsiCo, U.S.
14 Oprah Winfrey Media Mogul, U.S.
15 Irene Rosenfeld CEO, Mondelēz International, U.S.

The publication of the list follows a successful Forbes Women’s Summit, held in New York City on May 15, which convened more than 300 prominent women across multiple generations who showed how entrepreneurship and innovation are the seeds of success.

For the complete ranking, methodology, videos and more, visit: www.forbes.com/power-women .

Follow Forbes on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Forbes and www.twitter.com/ForbesPR ).

Contact:  Wendy Furrer Egan, wfurrer-egan@forbes.com or 212-366-8848

 
 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/30" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Your Parent Or Kid Moved In: Are You Covered?
A record 57 million Americans now live in multigenerational family households — double the number in 1980, according to a new Pew Research Center study. And I bet many of them have the wrong homeowner’s or renters...
 
 
Pandora Looks to Challenge Terrestrial Radio's Dominance in Cars
Pandora Media is one of the largest Internet radio providers in the U.S. with more than 75 million active users. While the company’s active user count has increased at a robust pace historically, it is likely to slow...
 
 
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
Are General Manager Salaries About To Skyrocket? Will There Be A Front Office Salary Cap?
It’s January 2026. New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner gets out of his driverless car and triumphantly marches before the gathered press to introduce his prized new free agent. It’s a record-breaking contract—over...
 
 
Volkswagen AG New Coverage: Trefis Price Estimate at $51
Volkswagen AG is the second largest automaker in the world behind Toyota and slightly ahead of GM, selling 9.72 million vehicles globally in 2013. Established in 1937, Volkswagen AG, along with its 340 subsidiary...
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Studio reveals glimpse of new King Kong film
Legendary Entertainment's Thomas Tull has confirmed they are to make a film based on King Kong's home, Skull Island. The company's CEO confirmed the news at Comic Con this weekend when he claimed Legendary and Universal...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
CWG: Pugilist Sangwan eases into men's 81kg quarters
Glasgow, July 28 (IANS) Indian boxer Sumit Sangwan registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Mohammed Hakimu Fumu of Tanzania to reach the 2014 Commonwealth Games quarterfinals of the men's 81kg category here. The 21-year...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Liam Payne poses naked
Liam Payne has posed naked. The One Direction hunk took to his Instagram account this weekend to post a picture of himself without clothes while on enjoying a day out on a yacht. The 'Story of My Life' hitmaker is seen...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
OITNB wins big at Young Hollywood Awards
'Orange Is The New Black' was a big winner at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday (07.27.14). The Netflix original TV series - which tells the story of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a bisexual...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Shift work can worsen asthma, pneumonia
London, July 28 (IANS) A research has found that drugs widely used to treat lung diseases like asthma or pneumonia work better with the body clock. Once the ancient rhythm of our body clock is disturbed owing to...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Decoded: What triggers sexual arousal in you
New York, July 28 (IANS) Know why just looking at an attractive face stimulates sexual arousal? Well, it takes two to tango! The behaviours like seeing, smelling and sexual arousal that "come naturally and do not have...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
CWG: Ghosal loses to Willstrop in men's squash semis
Glasgow, July 28 (IANS) India's Saurav Ghosal was outclassed by former World No.1 James Willstrop of England in straight sets in the men's singles squash semifinals at the Scotstoun Squash Campus here. The 27-year-old...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Trees saving 850 human lives a year in US: Study
Washington, July 28 (IANS) Trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing almost 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms, says an estimate of air pollution removal by trees in the US by the...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Turn your selfie into emoji with this app
New York, July 28 (IANS) Tired of seeing the same yellow-faced smileys? In an age of selfies, how can emojis be far behind? A new iPhone app is here to turn your mugshot into a personalised emoticon. All you have to...
Read more on Apple Balla
 
Forget injection, pills to cure hardest-to-treat hepatitis C
London/Mumbai, July 28 (IANS) On this World Hepatitis Day, there's good news for patients, particularly from India, for those suffering from hepatitis C. Two new pill-only antiviral drug regimens could provide shorter...
Read more on Business Balla