The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ What grosses me out the most? What makes me the most upset — is it healthcare? Is it so many people being hungry in our culture? Is it sexual abuse? Mix that with doing something you love, something you could keep doing forever and ever. For me it was ending violence against women, and I mixed it with music. And I’ve had a 25-year career. So that’s my advice: Find something you really care about and mix that with something you love doing. — Kathleen Hanna

Women -Power

A Perth woman is considered to be one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by influential American business magazine Forbes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds the top spot for the eleventh time in 12 years – but she is joined in the top 10 by a few unfamiliar faces.

Here’s everything you need to know about the most powerful women in the world in 2017. Counting down…

1. Angela Merkel, 63, German Chancellor

Angela Merkel

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2. Theresa May, 61, British Prime Minister

 

3. Melinda Gates, 53, American philanthropist married to Bill Gates

 

4. Sheryl Sandberg, 48, United States technology boss

Sheryl Sandberg

 

5. Mary Barra, 55, American General Motor boss

 

6. Susan Wojcicki, 49, American technology leader

 

7. Abigail Johnson, 55, United States finance and investments

 

8. Christine Lagarde, 61, French International Monetary Fund boss

 

9. Ana Patricia Botín, 57, Spain finance and investments

 

10. Ginni Rometty, 60, United States technology

 

11. Indra Nooyi, 62, United Statesbusinesswoman

 

12. Meg Whitman. 61, American Hewlett Packard boss

Meg Whitman

 

13. Angela Ahrendts, 57, United States technology

Angela Ahrendts

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14. Laurene Powell Jobs, 53, United States Philanthropy/NGO

Laurene Powell Jobs

 

15. Tsai Ing-wen, 61, Taiwanese President

Tsai Ing-wen

 

16. Michelle Bachelet, 66, Chilean President

Michelle Bachelet

 

17. Federica Mogherini, 44, Italian politician

Federica Mogherini

 

18. Safra Catz, 55, United States technology

Safra Catz


19. Ivanka Trump, 36, Adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump

Ivanka Trump

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20. Adena Friedman, 48, United States finance and investments

Adena Friedman

 

21. Oprah Winfrey, 63, American billionaire talk show queen

Oprah Winfrey

 

22. Marillyn Hewson, 63, United States manufacturing

Marillyn Hewson

 

23. Isabelle Kocher, 50, France energy

Isabelle Kocher

 

24. U.S. Supreme Court Justices – United States politics

U.S. Supreme Court Justices

 

25. Ruth Porat, 59, United States technology

Ruth Porat

 

26. Queen Elizabeth II, 91, world’s longest-serving monarch

Queen Elizabeth II

 

 

27. Anna Wintour, 67, United States media & entertainment

Anna Wintour

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28. Ho Ching, 64, Singapore diversified

Ho Ching

 

29. Emma Walmsley, 48, United Kingdom

Emma Walmsley,

 

30. Sheikh Hasina Wajed, 70, Bangladeshi Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina Wajed

 

31. Beata Maria Szydlo, 54, Polish Prime Minister

Beata Maria Szydlo

 

32. Chanda Kochhar 55, India diversified

Chanda Kochhar

 

33. Aung San Suu Kyi, 72, Myanmar’s de facto leader

Aung San Suu Kyi

 

34. Lucy Peng, 44, China technology

Lucy Peng

 

35. Pollyanna Chu, 59, Hong Kong finance and investments

Pollyanna Chu

 

36. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, 55, United Arab Emirates politics

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

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37. Amy Hood, 45, United States technology

Amy Hood

 

38. Jacinda Ardern, 37, New Zealand Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern

 

39. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, 49, Croatian President

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

 

40. Jean Liu, 39, China technology

Jean Liu

 

41. Bonnie Hammer 67 United States Media & Entertainment

Bonnie Hammer

 

42. Nicola Sturgeon, 47, First Minister of Scotland

SNP Spring Conference

 

43. Nikki Haley, 45, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley

 

44. Rosalind Brewer, 54, United States diversified

Rosalind Brewer

 

45. Gina Rinehart, 63, Australian billionaire mining magnate

Gina Rinehart

 

46. Erna Solberg, 56, Norwegian Prime Minister

Erna Solberg

 

47. Stacey Snider, 56, United States Media & Entertainment

Stacey Snider

 

48. Phebe Novakovic, 59, United States Diversified

Phebe Novakovic

 

49. Elvira Nabiullina, 54, Russia Finance and Investments

Elvira Nabiullina


50. Beyoncé Knowles, 36, pop star

Beyoncé Knowles

 

51. Peng Liyuan, 54, China Politics

Peng Liyuan

 

52. Margarita Simonyan, 37, Russia Media & Entertainment

Margarita Simonyan

 

53. Mary Callahan Erdoes 50 United States Finance and Investments

Mary Callahan

 

54. Qunfei Zhou 47 Hong Kong Technology

Qunfei Zhou

 

55. Thi Phuong Thao Nguyen, 47, Vietnam diversified

Thi Phuong Thao Nguyen

 

56. Lisa Davis 54 United States

Lisa Davis

 

57. Roshni Nadar Malhotra, 36, India technology

Roshni Nadar Malhotra

 

58. Güler Sabanci, 62, Turkey diversified

Güler Sabanci

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59. Lubna S. Olayan, 62, Saudi Arabia Diversified

Lubna S. Olayan

 

60. Dana Walden 53 United States Media & Entertainment

Dana Walden

 

61. Katharine Viner 45 United Kingdom Media & Entertainment

Katharine Viner

 

62. Feng Ying Wang – China Automotive

Feng Ying Wang

 

63. Donna Langley 49 United Kingdom Media & Entertainment

Donna Langley

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64. Marianne Lake 48 United Kingdom Finance and Investments

Marianne Lake

 

65. Hillary Clinton, 70, former U.S. Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton

 

66. Mingzhu Dong 63 – Manufacturing

Mingzhu Dong

 

67. Melanie Kreis 46 Germany

Melanie Kreis

 

68. Dalia Grybauskaite 61 Lithuania Politics

Dalia Grybauskaite

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69. Priscilla Chan 32 United States Philanthropy/NGO

Priscilla Chan

 

70. Gwynne Shotwell 53 United States Construction & Engineering

Gwynne Shotwell

 

71. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw 64 India Healthcare

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

 

72. Zanny Minton Beddoes – United Kingdom Media & Entertainment

Zanny Minton Beddoes

 

73. Miuccia Prada, 68, Italy fashion and retail

Miuccia Prada

 

74. Isabel dos Santos, 44, Angola Finance and Investments

Isabel dos Santos

 

75. Solina Chau, 55, Hong Kong technology

Solina Chau

 

76. Lam Wai Ying – Hong Kong manufacturing

Lam Wai Ying

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77. Kathleen Kennedy – United States Media & Entertainment

Kathleen Kennedy

 

78. Kersti Kaljulaid, 47, Estonian President

Kersti Kaljulaid

 

79. Arianna Huffington, 67, United States media mogul

Arianna Huffington

 

80. Judy Faulkner, 74, United States Technology

Judy Faulkner

 

81. Fabiola Gianotti, 57, Italy philanthropy/NGO

Fabiola Gianotti

 

82. Lynn Good – United States Energy

Lynn Good

 

83. Geisha Williams – United States

Geisha Williams

 

84. Mary Meeker, 58, United States Finance and Investments

Mary Meeker

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85. Taylor Swift, 27, United States All Star Alumni

Taylor Swift

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86. Patricia Harris, 61, United States Philanthropy/NGO

Patricia Harris

 

87. Drew Gilpin Faust, 70, United States philanthropy/NGO

Drew Gilpin Faust

 

88. J.K. Rowling, 52, United Kingdom-based Harry Potter creator

J.K. Rowling

 

89. Eliza Manningham-Buller, 69, United Kingdom Philanthropy/NGO

Eliza Manningham-Buller,

 

90. Raja Easa Al Gurg – United Arab Emirates Diversified

Raja Easa Al Gurg

 

91. Debra Cafaro – United States Real Estate

Debra Cafaro

 

92. Shobhana Bhartia, 60, India media & entertainment

Shobhana Bhartia

 

93. Lee Boo-Jin, 47, South Korea service

Lee Boo-Jin

 

94. Jenny Lee, 45, Singapore finance and investments

Jenny Lee

 

95. Kirsten Green, 45, United States finance and investments

Kirsten Green

 

96. Belinda Johnson, 50, United States technology

Belinda Johnson


97. Priyanka Chopra, 35, India

Priyanka Chopra

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98. Kathryn Petralia, 47, United States finance and investments

Kathryn Petralia

 

99. Anne Finucane – United States Finance and Investments

Anne Finucane

 

100. Beth Brooke-Marciniak, 58, United States diversified

Beth Brooke-Marciniak

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