According to the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women, Angela Merkel, German’s first woman Chancellor since 2005, is the most influential woman across the globe. Her consistent assistance in the crisis of Germany from rebuilding the tran-Atlantic ties with the U.S. and establishing a friendship with Israel, taking the charge of the European Union’s foreign policy agenda and promoting a more appeasing approach with Russia has successfully uplifted Germany from its catastrophe.
Sheila Colleen Bair was the 19th Chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In 2006, George W. Bush appointed her to the post for a five-year term. She played the most prominent role in the management of the 2008 financial crisis.
In 2008, she was the first woman in The Wall Street Journal’s annual 50 “Women to Watch List.” In 2009, Time magazine enlisted her in the ‘most influential people’. In 2008 and 2009, Forbes entitled her to be the second most powerful woman in the globe.
Indra K. Nooyi (Chairman, chief executive, PepsiCo)
Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, an Indian-born American business executive and current Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, is considered one of the most influential women in the world. Forbes ranked her third most influential women.
Nooyi is responsible for major expansion of PepsiCo, the second largest food & beverage business across the world, into international markets, remarkably with a $1.4 billion acquisition of a 75% stake in Lebedyansky, which is known as Russia’s juice giant.
Angela F. Braly is president as well as chief executive officer for WellPoint, Inc. since 2007. She is called to be one of the most influential women who started her life as a waitress and ended up running $61 billion health insurer with 34 million members.
She has been honored on many occasions for her contribution. In 2000, St. Louis Business Journal enlisted her among the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business. For two consistent years in 2007 and 2009, she was ranked as the fourth most influential businesswoman of America, by Fortune. Forbes magazine has ranked her fourth most influential women in the world.
Cynthia Carroll, an American businesswoman, became CEO of a UK mining company, Anglo American PLC, which is the largest platinum producer of the world. Before holding this position, she served as director of Sara Lee and AngloGold Ashanti Limited.
She is the first non-South African and also the first woman who lead the Anglo American company. Forbes Magazine has ranked her fifth most influential women across the globe.
She started her career as a dancer for the Fitzgerald Sample advertising agency in New York. Later, she worked in the food and beverage industry for 25 years. In 2004, she joined Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. After 2 years, in 2006, she was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cornell University Board of Trustees and for the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
In 2008, The Wall Street Journal entitled her sixth in position among “50 Women to Watch” list. In 2009, Forbes magazine ranked her the 6th most powerful woman.
Condoleezza Rice, an American political scientist as well as diplomat, is the 66th United States Secretary of State. She is known to be the first female African-American who was the National Security Advisor of President Bush.. She served as the professor of political science at Stanford University. Forbes Magazine has ranked her to be the 6th most powerful woman in the world.
Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, is the Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Holdings since 2002. On completion of her Master of Science from Stanford University, she started her career as an engineer with the Ministry of Defence.
In 1987, she was appointed as the Deputy Director of Engineering Singapore Technologies group and in 2001 she became the President and Chief Executive Officer before taking retirement.
In 2007, Fortune magazine ranked her third in the list of ‘most powerful women in business.’ In 2007, Time Magazine enlisted her among the “100 most influential men and women” who have contributed in shaping up the world. In the following year, Forbes Magazine raked her third in the list of most powerful women, but in 2009, the Forbes raked her fifth.
Anne Lauvergeon, French businesswoman, and CEO of Areva since 2001, is often known as Atomic Anne and cited as one of the most powerful women in business world for her most prominent and influential role at the France’s nuclear engineering as well as uranium group.
In 2006, Fortune ranked her as the second most powerful women in Europe in Fortune Global 500.
In 2009, Forbes magazine ranked her the ninth among the most powerful woman in the world.
Anne Mulcahy (Chairman, chief executive, Xerox Corp.)
Anne M. Mulcahy, the former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation, is the 10th most powerful womon across the world. In addition to serving Xerox Corporation, she has served as a member of the boards of directors of Catalyst, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., Citigroup Inc., and Target Corporation.
In 2005, The Wall Street Journal enlisted Mulcahy among 50 women to watch. In the following year, Forbes Magazine ranked her 6th among the Most Powerful Women in America. Now she ranks 10th most powerful woman among Forbs 100 most powerful women on earth. In 2008, she was chosen as one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. In 2008, Chief Executive magazine selected her as the ‘CEO of the year 2008’.