7 Powerful
Women 2012

We all love our little [or longer] lists. We have a ‘to-do’-list, a shopping list, a list with our contacts… to name just a few. Not only do we love them, American business magazine Forbes loves them too. They publish lists such as ‘Forbes’ 400 richest Americans’, ‘The World’s Billionaires’, ‘The Worlds Most Powerful People’ and ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’. The top 7 of most powerful women:


Angela Merkel
Angela Dorothea Merkel, born Angela Dorothea Kasner [July 17, 1954]. Since november 22, 2005 the Chancellor of Germany and party leader of the Christian Democratic Union [CDU]. Angela Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. She has been described as “the de facto leader of the European Union” and is currently ranked as the world’s fourth most powerful person by the Forbes magazine, the highest ranking ever achieved by a woman.



Hillary Clinton
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton [October 26, 1947] is the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama. She was a United States Senator for New York from 2001 to 2009. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. In the 2008 election, Hillary Clinton was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. She is the first former First Lady who was Senator and a minister in a U.S. government.



Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Vana Rousseff [December 14, 1947] is the 36th and current President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. Prior to that, in 2005, she was also the first woman to become Chief of Staff to the President of Brazil, appointed by then President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. With Carlos Araújo, her partner for 30 years, she helped found the Democratic Labour Party [PDT]. After an internal dispute in the Dutra cabinet, she left PDT and joined the Workers’ Party [PT].



Melinda Gates

Melinda French Gates, born Melinda Ann French [August 15, 1964] is an American businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former unit manager for several Microsoft products such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia.





Jill Abramson

Jill Ellen Abramson [March 19, 1954] is the executive editor of The New York Times. Assuming the position in September 2011, she became the first woman in this role in the paper’s 160-year history.






Sonia Ghandi

Sonia Gandhi, born Antonia Edvige Albina Maino [December 9, 1946] is an Italian-born Indian politician. President of the Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. After his assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian National Congress to take over the Congress but she refused. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997. In 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress. In September 2010, being re-elected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party.



Michelle Obama

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama [January 17, 1964] is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, Barack Obama. She is the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School before returning to Chicago and to work at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her future husband. Subsequently, she worked as part of the staff of Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and for the University of Chicago Medical Center.



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