A newly released ranking of the world’s most powerful women not only includes politicians, celebrities and CEOs. Global development leaders, human rights activists and philanthropists also earned a coveted spot on Forbes’ annual list.
Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, again tops the list, which also includes Hillary Clinton (6), the former U.S. secretary of state, and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (8). The list also includes:
• Melinda Gates (3), philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
• Christine Lagarde (5), managing director of the International Monetary Fund.
• Helen Clark (23), administrator of the United Nations Development Program.
• Margaret Chan (30), director-general of the World Health Organization.
• Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (44), Nigeria’s finance minister and coordinating minister for the
economy, a former managing director of the World Bank who now co-chairs the Global
Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.
• Ertharin Cousin (45), executive director of the U.N. World Food Program.
• Samantha Power (63), U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
• Helene Gayle, CEO of Care USA, a nongovernmental organization focused on poverty
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