Forbes have released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful women. And top of that list: German chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the Forbes website, making the exclusive list is based on money, media presence and impact. The one hundred women fall in seven categories or “power bases”: billionaires, business, lifestyle (including entertainment and fashion), media, nonprofits and NGOs, politics and technology.
Following Merkel in second place is Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff. Bill Gates’ wife and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, is in third place, US First Lady Michelle Obama is in fourth place, and former US First Lady Hilary Clinton is in fifth place.
Other notable entries on the list: Oprah Winfrey at no. 13, songstress Beyonce at no. 17, Angelina Jolie at no. 37, supermodel Gisele Bundchen at no. 95, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara at no. 38 (she’s awesome, but was surprised at her high ranking), Queen Elizabeth II at no. 40 and Harry Potter author J.K Rowling makes it at no. 93; with the rest of the list almost entirely composed of Presidents and CEOs.
Check out the full list of the world’s most powerful women here: